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THE PILGRIM 



„VOL. 37 JANUARY, 1990 NO- 1 

' "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:ti 



NEW 'YEAH 

Years are Gor-Jpgj years are goings 
how swift our time doth fleei 
Mo one in the way can tarry 
That leads to eternity. 

Now again a year has left us, 
And another is begun; 
One ere long will be the final 3 
TJho knows but this is the one? 

Let me find grace with Thee, Father, 

Manifest Thy love anew; 

Let the debt I owe now vanish 

With the year we now passed through. 

Let new strength, new life, new mercy, 
Flow abundant through my soul; 
Nothing wicked be adhering, 
So I perfect be and whole. 

Holy Spirit, come and enter; 
Kindle with Thy flame of love; 
Gome and live and reign forever, 
Till we reach our home. above. 

— from Spiritua l Hymns 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 



LOOK UP 

Once a man, as he was walking along the road, found 
a five dollar bill. It pleased him so much that from 
then on he kept his eyes on the ground as he walked. 
In the succeeding years he found a few coins , bolts, 
paper clips, and other trifles but missed so much more 
in beauty and encouragement which he could have had by 
looking up and around him. Not only that, but with 
his eyes downcast he presented a picture to others of 
dejection and selfishness as he scanned the ground i, 
no ring the world around him. 

Just so can we become if we fail to look up. When 
we are so concerned with the earthly and the temporal 
and keep our eyes on the ground, we miss so much and 
our testimony also suffers. 

In Luke 21, Jesus tells of many things to come on 
this earth. He tells of "ware and commotions, 11 of 
earthquakes, and famines, and pestilences and fearful 
sights and great signs... from heaven." He tells of 
persecutions coming for His people and of the destruct- 
ion and desolation of Jerusalem. He tells of signs 
attending His coming. And then our Saviour says, 
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then 
look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption 
draweth nigh." 

In this last decade we have seen some of the very 
signs Jesus spoke of. Hen in all ages have seen them. 
Still Jesus* coming is in the future. But one of these 
days He will come. His telling of His followers cent- 
uries ago to look up when they saw these signs was not 
to deceive them, though the world would not see Him 
come for many centuries. But He wants His followers 
to be watching and ready and looking up because that 
is best for us and for our testimony to the world. 
Mark and Matthew write the same warnings of Jesus, 
and Maxk records: "Take ye heed, watch and pray:' for 



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ye know not when the time Is." 

As we look up with our eyes, we see the beauties of 
nature. Perhaps we see the branches of stately trees 
or the lofty cliffs and mountains, or the clouds. 
Beyond that, we see the stars, planets, sun, and moon, 
But there is still more to see. 

When the Russians sent Yuri Gagarin in 1961 as the first 
man to enter cuter space, he reported that he did not 
find God out there. Haralan Popov, in his book Tort - 
ured for His Faith , told the Communists that they would 
not find God by going into outer space — that God is 
real, but they must find Him through the Spirit. So 
it is. We can see His hand .;ork and admire His creat- 
ive skill, and we can worship and adore Him when we 
look into the Heavens, but we must find Him as He re- 
veals Himself to us through His Spirit. 

And so Jesus had more in mind than our natural 
vision when He said, "Look up" and ,n atch," We need 
to be aware through the Spirit of the higher things 
than the earthly. Jesus said on the same occasion, 
"Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall 
not pass away. " 

How do we "look up" spiritually. To habitually and 
regularly read God's Word is one way. His lord tells 
us of the higher things and fixes our thoughts on our 
duty and on what lies beyond this life. A good resolve 
for the beginning of this year is to increase our Bible 
reading each day. 

T ' 7 e "look up" spiritually when we take our eyes off 
ourselves and concentrate on the welfare of others. 
The past decade has brought many personal tragedies. 
People and especially young men and women are being 
caught up in immorality and careless living; The div- 
orce rate- is astounding, but the acceptance of low 
moral standards by the young unmarried ones seems even 
more tragic. The world needs the Christian example and 
testimony. Young and old need to hear what Jesus has 
done for all and for each one of us personally. "What 
He's done for others, He'll do for you," needs to be 
sung and told. Jesus said, "Tr* ft up your eyes, and 



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look on the fields; for they are white already to har- 
vest . " 

We can "look up" when we see our duty to the family 
of God. Hebrews 10:25 says^ "Not forsaking the assem- 
bling of ourselves together $ as the manner of some is; 
but exhorting one another: and so much the more^ as 
ye see the day approaching." Meeting together^ exhort- 
ing one another: and demonstrating our love and ap- 
preciation to our brethren and sisters have always 
been important > but this passage tells us it is even 
more so in these last times. \fe should not leave all 
the "exhorting" to the ministry. This word means to 
urge or to advise or warn earnestly. It comes from a 
Latin word meaning to incite or encourage. Surely all 
these wordc have a place in our communication bo one 
another as brethren and. sisters. 

To "look up" means to honor our Lord. 1 hen we look 
up to Him we praise Him for creating and for redeeming 
us. How little vre hear around us that really praises 
God! But He wants His people to praise Him and ap- 
preciate His mercy and grace. Me hear it said about 
our parents; "You will never have another mother or 
father" so you should honor them and appreciate them. 
But we will never > never have another Heavenly Father 
who loves us and gave Himself for us. How we should 
honor Him! 

To praise God vocally is good and right. But to 
live for Him and obey Him is far more important than 
words. The poet says, "And since words can never meas- 
ure ^ Let my life show forth Thy praise." Purity of 
life and thoughts are an honor to God without a substi- 
tute. To live in.- 6ontented obedience to Him in a world 
so wild after thrills and fun, is an honor to God and 
an impressive witness to those around us. 

In the ninties look up! There are joys and lasting 
treasure and a glorious future for those who will. 

The following poem is one of my favorites and fits 
well as we begin another year. — L.C. 



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WHERE TC LOOK 

I LOOK HOT BACK— God knows the fruitless efforts, 
The wasted hours, the sinning and regrets; 
I leave them all with Him who blots the record, 
And graciously forgives, and then forgets. 

I LOOK NOT FORWARD— God sees all the future, 
The road that, short or long, will lead me home; 
And He will face with me its every trial, 
And bear for me the burden that may come, 

I LOOK: NOT AROUND KB— the; would fears assail me, 
So wild that tumult of life's restless sea; 
So dark" the world, so filled with war and evil. 
So vain the hope of comfort and of ease, 

I LOOK NOT IM'JARD — that would make me wretched 
For I have nought on which to stay my trust. 
Nothing I see but failures and shortcomings, 
And weak endeavors crumbling into dust. 

BUT I LOOK UP— Up into the face of JESUS! 
For there my heart can rest, my fears be stilled; 
And there is joy^ and love, and light for darkness, 
And perfect pgace, and every hope fulfilled. 



WATCH 

It has been 1990 years, by man'"s calculation of time, 
since the birth of Jesus Christ. He lived among His 
people, the Jews, and taught them the plan of salvation, 
He also performed many miracles, and still His own peo- 
ple rejected Him. His love is so great that He ^ave 
His own life on the cross for our sins,, that we might 
receive salvation, to the Jew first, and also to the 
gentiles. He told them He had power to give His life 
and also power to take it again, but they tried to hide 
the fact that He arose from t.h<- -rave. He was arionr; 



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them for a time, and then ascended into heaven, from 
whence He came. He also promised He would return in 
like manner as they saw Him go and take His bride, 
the church, with Him, T e may be one of that number if 
we 1 re ready and watching. "Tase ye heed, watch and 
pray, for ye know not when the time Is." (Mark 13 '33) 

Yes, we need to pay attention, watch, keep guard, 
and pray. Jesus foretold the destruction of Jerusalem 
about 40 years before it happened, and according to 
history this took place near A.L. 70. The Jews (Israel) 
were then scattered all over the world. Luke 21:20-24: 
"Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until 
the times of the r ' ntiles be fulfilled." Read the 
account in Bssekio^ 37 about the "valley of dry bones." 
Now the prophet s^/,;, "I will open your graves, and 
cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you 
into the land of Israel." (Ezek. 37:12) "For I will 
take you from among the heathen (gentiles) and gather 
you out of all countries, and will bring you into your 
own land." (Ezek. 36:24) 

In my short life, I have seen this prophecy being 
fulfilled. Israel became a state over 40 "ears ago. 
They were people without a country, but now they do 
have a country and are returning to their own land, 
but not without difficulty, Many were killed in gas 
chambers in Germany. For awhile, Russia allowed very 
few to leave; however, since the hand of God changed 
leadership, which appeared impossible, thousands more 
of the Jews are free to go home to the land of Israel. 
I am aware that not every Jew is going to Israel, but 
that is the main thrust, just as not all the Jews re- 
jected Christ, but most did. 

Prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes, 
and will continue to be fulfilled in due time. Are we 
watching? are we paying attention? are we praying? do 
we have oil with our lamps? Are we allowing the Holy 
Spirit to work in us? If not, our lamps may go out. 
"Let your loins be girded about, and jour lights burn- 
ing." (Luke 12:35) The oil we need is the Vord of 
Truth in our hearts arid the Holy Spirit working in us. 



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The light represents our good works. There were ten 
virgins, representing purity, but five of them were not 
wise. All ten had some oil in their lamps, but only 
five saw the need to have extra with them for the time 
of trouble. "Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord, 
when He cometh, shall find watching/' (Luke 12:37). 

— Norman Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 



ONLY BRIEVE? 

Paul and Silas told the Phllippian jailor, MM Believe 
on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, anc; 
thy house. H Jesus tells- us in the great commission 
(Mark l6:l6), "He that believeth and is baptized shall 
be saved..." 'There is really no contradiction here. 
Unless I put my belief into practice it will do me no 
good. The same way with the Jailor ; if he hadn't 
really put his belief into practice and was baptized, 
it would not have gained him anything. I could say 1 
believe there is church next Sunday, but unless I go 
and participate, and fellowship with the Brethren, It 
won T t amount to anything for me. 

Jesus said, "I .am the resurrection, and the life: 
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall 
he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me 
shall never die. Believest thou this?" No doubt we 
would all say, "Yes." 

Oh yes, 'I could say I believe that Jesus was born, 
died; and rose again, and is coming again, but unless 
I really believe in Him and am willing to keep His 
commandments I would not gain anything. 

At another time Jesus was talking to the people and 
said, "Believe me that I am in the Father, and the 
Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' 
sake." You would have thought the miracles Jesus did, 
such as turning water into wine, walking on the water, 
calming the storm, raising the dead to life, opening 
the blind eyes, unstopping the deaf ear, making the 



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lame to walk, and increasing the loaves and .fishes 
would have caused more people to believe on Him, Of 
course, some did and were eager to hear Him speak. No 
doubt those mothers with their little ones were glad 
to be in His presence. 

To really believe in something we must be whole- 
heartedly involved. 

Thomas i^as one that could not be easily influenced. 
When the Lord finally showed Himself to Thome's, he 
said, "T-Iy Lord and my God." Jesus told him, "Thomas, 
because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed 
are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. 

Ilhen I look around and see the i^onderful creation, 
the beautiful lakes, mountains, etc., I don l t see how 
anyone can say they don ! t believe there is a Creator. 
Lo wonder the psalmist could say, "I am fearfully and 
wonderfully made. . . " Praise His name I 

"Believing, .we share In His joy; 
By faith we partake in His rest; 
Uith this we can cheerfully die, 
For with Him we hope to be blest." 



In Christian love, 
John VJray 
Modesto, California 



MEDITATIONS 

PRIDE OF LIFE 

Apostle John speaks of three great sins that are in 
the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, 
and the pride of life. And we grow up wanting to excel 
over others in our ability to do things, but the Lord 
sets each one in his proper place in the church, and 
expects each to fill his duties in harmony, knowing he 
has nothing but what the Lord, gives. So if each can 
be satisfied in his place, and not be envious of others, 
we have peace. 



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INSTRUCTION 

I believe we are all slow to receive instruction. 
The knowledge of good and evil that Adam and Eve par- 
took of remains in the blood stream, causing us to want 
to depend on our own knowledge, Jesus said, "If any 
man will come after me, let him deny himself , and take 
up his cross, and folloxf me." Jeremiah 4:22: "They 
are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no know- 
ledge." So we see in our flesh dwelleth no good thing. 

PROFESSING OR POSSESSING 

Romans 1:22: "Professing themselves to be wise, 
they became fools." Man, in trying to believe they 
are wise, and that all wisdom Is centered in themselves, 
imagined they developed from some low form of animal 
life, not being willing to believe they have fallen 
from the wisdom and ruling power God gave them. Some- 
times, men are more concerned about animal rights than 
human rights and want to believe that if they can rid 
themselves of their conscience, they can be happy. 

THE LORD'S WORK 

Phil. 1*6: "Being confident of this very thing, that 
he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it 
until the day of Jesus Christ." So we see we just turn 
our lives over to Him and let Him do according to His 
good pleasure, and trust that each change is for our 
good. Our self-conceived notions have to be worked 
out of us. 

THE CHURCH; THE BODY OF CHRIST 

In the scriptures the church is compared to our bodies. 
We know how important it is for all our members to work 
together to enjoy good health. Even so the church needs 
every member filling the place the Lord has called them 
for. We cannot fail to do our share, andexpect others 

to do lt# —Ernest Wagner Modesto, California 



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HOLINESS AND PESSIMISM ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS 

One of the popular _, much used , cliche s^ which ex- 
presses the pessimism of our day as regards to Holiness 
is, "Nobody wants it. The cost Is toe high." And some 
hide out in their holy sanctuaries nursing their infe- 
iority complexes wailing mournful tunes about being 
part of "God*s Despised few." !lhat a crying shame 1 
The devil must be smirking with glee. 

Here we have the most powerful, pertinent, life 
transforming message the world has ever heard and we 
have bought the devil *s suggestion that "nobody wants 
it.' 1 God's standard for His people has always been: 
"Be Yo Holy." This Is an Old Testament Standard as 
well : s a Christian one. Really, this is what the 
world expects Christians to be. 

The 1986 and 1987 well publicized moral failure of 
some of the United States ! most well known media evan- 
gelists proved a point that is often missed. It clear- 
ly demonstrated that the common man on the street, 
the newspaper editor, as well as the general church 
world expects more from .Christianity than it has been 
getting. 

When a Hollywood star has an affair or is Involved 
in an Immoral action it is hardly counted worthy of 
news. When an Evangelist preacher falls it makes front 
page headlines around the. world. Why the difference? 
No doubt there are many who want to take advantage of 
the situation to ridicule and mock the Christian world 
and especially the fundamentalists. 

But there is a different reason. Moral impurity is 
considered to be acceptable behavior for Hollywood stars. 
They act immoral on stage and are expected to be immoral 
off the stage. Christians, on the other hand, are ex- 
pected to live up to a high standard of moral purity. 
All who understand the teachings of the Bible know that 
it teaches moral purity. Most people, who even have 
only a very Taint idea of what the Bible, teaches haye 
a concept that puts the true Christian on a higher 



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level of moral living than the non-Christian. 

Christians are expected to be honest, chaste, kind, 
forgiving, fair, dependable, clean-living people. 
There is always a great disappointment, a sort of glob- 
al gasp, when a professing Christian is proven guilty 
of sin. The practicing sinner hopes there is a better 
life than he is living, although he knows he has not 
attained to it. In his honest moments he will tell 
you he knows he ought to change, do better, break off 
some of his sinful habits. Down in his heart of hearts, 
he hopes there is a better life, one of deliverance 
from sin... one where he could really be the person he 
knows he ou'irb to be. 

The tru h is that the world really does want to see 
true blue holy living. The sinner ifho is trying to 
enjoy his sins, may mock, ridicule, and try to salve 
his conscience by belittling the Christian but he re- 
ally does want to see someone who can and does live a 
holy life. He needs and wants a role model of clean, 
victorious living. He does not personally want to live 
that way now, because he is trying to think that he is 
enjoying his sins... but some time in the future.*. he 
would like to change to something better. . .maybe become 
a Christian. 

And what kind of Christian would he like to become? 
Would a drunkard like to become a " Christian" drunkard? 
Would a thief like to become a "Christian" thief? Of 
course not I If he becomes a Christian he hopes for a 
change I He wants strength to overcome his personal 
sinful habit 1 When he sees a true Christian whose life 
is above reproach, it gives him hope that some day he 
too can become something better. 

You see, true Holiness is Beautiful. It is attract- 
ive. It is a visible demonstration of Agape Love. 
It at once convicts the sinner for his sins, and gives 
him hope that he too can be different. It shows him 
what he isn f t and what he can become. Holy, righteous 
living is one of God's most powerful proofs to the 
world that Jesus Christ provided a perfect salvation 
from sin. It impacts sinners like nothing else. Rather 



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than being repulsive it commands respect even en the 
part cf sinners. 

"Ye are the light of the world, a city that is set 
on an hill cannot be hid. Let your light so shine be- 
fore men that they may see your good works,, and glori- 
fy your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14yl6) 

By Gerald Bustin in Mission Messenger 
Selected by Ruth Flora 



HOU FAITHFUL ARE T M? 

Is a car that starts once out of ^ven times faithful? 

Is a refrigerator that quits for a day now and then 
faithful? 

Is your paper boy faithful if he misses you with 
your paper every few mornings? 

If you fail tc come to work two or three days each 
week would you be faithful tc your job? 

If your hot water heater greeted you with cold water 
one or two mornings a week would it be dependable? 

Nov/, if you fail tc come to worship the true and 
living God in church capacity once or twice a month, 
are you faithful 9 

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, 

as the manner cf seme is; but exhorting one another: 

and so much the i.:ore ; as ye see the day approach! n;-." 
("Hebrews 10:25) 

Selected by Everett Oyler 



PEACE 

Ch; the peace I find in Jesus, 
Peace no power sm earth can shake, 
Peace that makes the Lord so precious, 
Peace that none from me can take. 

-Selected 



HISTORICAL 13 



NONSV-EARING 

"When a new member was received into the churchy he 
was asked to declare his agreement with three princi- 
ples. Two of them , defenselessness and nonconformity, 
we have already discussed. The third was the refusal 
of the Brethren to use oaths — called by them the prin- 
cipal of nonswearing. While this was not as obvious 
a part of Brethren life as nonconformity or trine im- 
mersion, it was so important that it was one of the 
three principles referred to In the membership exam- 
ination. Their reason for opposing oaths was a simple 
ard straightforward acceptance of Jesus 1 words in the 
S^/uion on the Mount. Matthew 5:33-37: "Again, ye have 
heard that It hath been said by them of old time, Thou 
shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the 
Lord thine oaths; But I say unto you, Swear not at all; 
neither by heaven] for it is God f s throne: Nor by the 
earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; 
for it is the city of the great King. ' Neither shalt 
thou sx^ear by thy head, because thou canst not make one 
hair white or black. Bat let your communication be, 
Yea j yea; Kay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these 
cometh of evil. " 

When the Brethren required of each other no swearing 
they were not thinking primarily of profanity. That 
a brother or sister should not be profane went aLmost 
without saying j was clearly called for in the third 
commandment, and was to be expected of the unworldly, 
soft spoken Brethren. They were much more concerned 
with the swearing of oaths in court. The Brethren be- 
lieved a man should always be honest and sincere so :• 
that his yes could always be taken truly for a yes and 
his no for a no. Peter Head wrote, "The followers of 
Christ ought to be men of truth, so that their word 
may be received without an oath." He also said in re- 
gard to the above passage from Matthew, "This is so 
plain that It needs no comment." Whale the Brethren 
were concerned not to take God's name in vain they were 
a'frr concerned for the basic honesty that they felt a 



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Christian life should reflect. Apparently, they were 
consistent enough in living by this precept to have 
earned a reputation for being exceedingly trustworthy 
people, whose yea was a reliable yea,* 

— from The Old Brethren by James H. Lehman 



ALL IK THE BLOOD 

The blood of the Lamb stained the old rugged cross 

On the hill they called Calvary. 
One day I knelt at the foot of the cross, 

And some of it sprinkled on me. 

In the temple they only examined the lamb, 

Not those for whom it was slain 
And though I f m not perfect, my sacrifice is, 

And He bore all my sin and my shame. 

And it*s all in the blood of Jesus I 

Forgiveness, cleansing, and power to heal I 

It's all in the blood of Jesus I 

It ...still flows when at Calvary we kneel J 

Selected by Martha Wagner 



LOVE (m ANOTHER 

Your love is not really love until you have given 
it to someone. Let your love be shown to all. Love 
is of God, for without God there would be no love. 
Bit Jesus first, others second, and then yourself 
last in your life. To love and be loved is the great- 
est joy on the earth. VJhat a better place this world 
xtfould be, if everyone loved everyone else, don T t you 
think? i . , 

— Linda HLocher 

New Paris, Ohio 



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FOR YOUTH 
PRISMS 

A prism is a transparent solid varying in size and 
shape designed to reflect > refract,, or disperse (scat- 
ter) rays of light. I have one of these objects hang- 
ing in my bedroom window. I lien the sunlight reaches 
±ty rainbow colors will start dancing about the room 
on the walls and ceiling. It seems to spread cheer 
along with the rainbows. 

People can be like the prism. As we are touched 
by the light of God's love^ we can send beauty and 
happiness into the lives of others. The prism does 
not keep all of its worth tucked inside but disperses 
it to those about It. One meaning of f! disperse' 1 'is 
to share one ' s abundance with others . We can share 
our abundance of blessings by 
P raying for others s 
R e telling the good news, 
I ncreasing in love, 
S inging to the lonely, and 
M aking a joyful noise unto the Lord, 
Here is a poem by an unknown author about giving 
that expresses the same thoughts. 

It ! s not what you gather but what you sow 
That gives the heart a warming glow; 
It's not what you get but what you give 
Decides the kind of life you live. 

It's not what you hoard but what you spare , 
It's not what you take but what you share , 
That pays the greater dividend 
And makes you richer in the end. 

It's not what you spend upon yourself 
Or hide away upon a shelf 
That brings a blessing for the day, 
It's what you scatter by the way. 

— Sarah Cover 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

m GET OUT WHAT IE PUT IN 

Have- you ever heard any one say, M You get out of 
life just what you put into it"? You may wonder , what 
you can do to get more out of life. 

In hot weather we put a pitcher "of water in the re- 
frigerator. IJhen we get thirsty, we fill a glass from 
the pitcher and drink. If we put dirty water in the 
pitcher, we can expect to receive dirty water. Dirty 
water doesn't make anyone feel good. If we fill the 
pitcher with clean water 9 we can drink clean water 
and feel refreshed* 

I want to tell you about '. ! small boy I learned to 
know, I have followed his life from five years old 
until today. T ihen his parents wanted him to do some- 
thing, he had to be told several times. He never 
acted happy when doing his chores. In school he only 
got passing grades — just good enough to get by. Today 
he is married and tries to do better. His life has 
been scarred because he was unwilling to do his best 
when he was younger. I'lhen we do our best and work 
hard E t whatever we are doing, this is what we mean by 
patting a lot into life. Uhen we do this we receive 
a full and happy reward. 

In this New Year, fill each day with good and happy 
moments. In doing this you are preparing for your 
GgjLvT JQUKKEY toward SUNSHINE COUNTRY . Remember the 
pitcher of water: we get out only what we put in. 

— Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 37 FEBRUARY, 1990 M0» 2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter2.i? 



THE PROMISE 

Hear the promise , "I am x^ith you 
Always > even to the end. 
Through the changes that befall yau 
I will be your constant Friend, ■ 
I villi hold your hand in trial. 
I will keep you night end day, 
For my promise is abiding, 
I'll be with you all the way** 1 

"I'll be with you," 'is the promise 
From the lips of God x s own Son. 
!! I T m your wonderful Redeemer; 
I your viptory have won. 
For my power is sufficient 
To sustain the church below* 
1*11 be with you, with my presence, 
"ven oil the way you go." 

This hymn was written by John Sauder 
the night before he was chosen bishop 
In 1969* 



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BBOTKSEElCD 

The autonomic nervous system of your body is not 
seen, noticed, cr controlled consciously, but it 
prepares the body for emergencies by speeding the 
heart and breathing, cr for rest by slowing these 
processes* Your circulatory system takes food and 
oxygen to all parts of the body and carts away the 
waste product's and used gases to purify the cells. 
In. fact^ each system of your body is jr-^ortant — so 
much so that if one fails , the body dies*" Even each 
member contributes to the x^elfare of the body working 
together harmoniously and marvellously. Such a unity 
is what we need in the church of Jesus Christ, 

However , one of the most difficult things we must 
do in this life is to submit to one another — to sub- 
due our stubborn wills and become "perfectly joined 
together in the same mind and in the same judgement.' 1 
Because it is difficult, it is necessary that we un- 
derstand what we are really striving for* It would 
be sad if we tried and failed to attain to an end 
that was not really what God wanted for us, and then 
condemned ourselves for our failure* We might define 
this goal as "unity of the Spirit," It is the oneness 
in Jesus and the Father for which Jesus prayed — the 
harmony like exists in each one of our physical bodies. 

Individualism is the disease of our day. You don't 
have to leave the church to be afflicted with it. We 
can perhaps catch it from others, but it seems to 
flourish and even originate in the atmosphere of free- 
dom-r-religicus freedom, political freedom, and moral 
freedom. 

To be free is to have no restraints. It is not a 
virtue to be free, but a grave responsibility and an 
open opportunity* It is here in the atmosphere of 
freedom that brotherhood and unity have opportunity 
to flourish^ but so does individualism have that same 



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opportunity, freedom may be compared to f garden of 
fertile soil. The sweet corn and torn toes grow well, 
but so dc the weeds.. 

The greatest differences between the Christians of 
our day end the New Testament Church is not doctrine, 
not practice, not the enemy (who may use different 
t-ctics but is nevertheless the same). It is, in my 
opinion, Vixs characteristic of individualism. From 
this step- many other features that are even more no- 
ticeable, Materialism results from individualism 
when we tend to take care of ourselves and our families 
first. T e be core materialistic and self-centered when, 
we fail to see the brotherhood in the Church and, in 
a lee - >r sense, the whole of mankind. From -individ- 
ualism comes diversity ©f practice* Ue fail to reckon 
with other understandings and view-points* We know 
this selfishness makes problems in the non-Christian 
homes around us, but it touches Christian homes as 
well . 

I don r t me- -n to say that individualism was not a 
problem in the early church and in the beginning years 
of the Brethren church. The many admonitions in the 
Ford to promote unit^ show that human nature doesn't 
change. But in rn atmosphere of persecution, poverty, 
and hardship, brotherhood seemed to prow richer. They 
needed one another. T; hen conveniences were rare and 
tools were scarce, there had to be more sharing and 
more dependence on ore another. Today if we need some- 
thing, we can usually buy it. This seems more satis- 
factory than much borrowing, and yet it develops more 
self-reliance instead of community sharing. 

Tr orking together, common ownership, and interdepend- 
ence seem to have a bad name because of communism. 
Economically, if our goals are worldly, this system . 
fails, "because the motivations of pride in one's work 
and owning the business, etc. are not there. But in 
the Christian life — especially in spiritual things, 
our motivations are higher. Love of the brethren, ap- 
proval of God, and the very goal of unity are motivators 
that should be far more effective. 



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r hat I mean is th< t if we are really new creatures 
in Christ j our earthly goals need to be forgotten and 
replaced with this very one of unity and brotherhoods 
I am not advocating community of property, though I 
do believe we should know that all we have is not 
really ours. In fact, we do not even have control of 
it, though it may seem so. Cod has entrusted so much 
to us 5 not to use by our own old-n'ature judgement, but 
under complete control of the Holy Spirit. We are 
justified in our management of our goods and affairs 
and our very lives only if we are managed by Cod. 

In our opinions or beliefs, we tend toward individ- 
ualism, Education contributes here if we do not keep 
the goal of unity ir, mind* I hen we can all read and 
analyze Scriptures, we are less dependent on those 
who must preach and teach. We tend to be more critical 
of one who is mistaken. True education of a converted 
Christian should make us even more understanding and 
tolerant of one another. 

Brother I-arcus Tiller ir describing the "bell- 
shaped curve, 1 ' pointed out that the opinions on the 
extremes or edges of the curve are not less normal 
than the majority in the center. In fact, these more 
extreme opinions may help to strengthen and stabilize 
and sharpen the majority of us who tend to become com- 
placent or lazy ir our thinking. All have the respon- 
sibility to promote unity of the Spirit* May we work 
toward strengthening rather than judging one another — 
not just in our own little groups, but in the whole 
church of Jesus Christ, T here there is faith and life 
in Christ, may we encourage and promote that with our 
support. 

It seems to come right back to the heart. If our 
he ; rts are in tune with God, He can work in us. If 
we really want to recapture the devotion, the holiness , 
the unit y of the early church or of the early brethren, 
we need to be yielded to the Spirit of God, God is 
limited in His work in His church only by the unwill- 
ingness of His people. 

Cur goal is unitv of the Spirit — true brotherhood 



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in Christ. The means tc this gsal is the Spirit of God. 
May we be submitted to God and tc one another that this 
can be a reality here and now. 

n Now we have received* not the spirit of the world, 
but the spirit which Is of God; that we might know the 
things that are freely given to us of God* r ! (I Cor, 2:12) 

Blessed unity ^ sweet reality 
We can feel the Spirit T s power 
As we yield to Him in pure harmony 
In this very day and hour, 

Jesus comes tc '"ess all our work and rest 
If we harmonise in love 

When we do our best; brave each tear and test 
We can place our hopes above. 

God will give us peace and a sweet release 
From our fears and cares and strifes 
And that unity in its purity 
Will enrich and fill cur lives. 

May all glory be to our Lord as He 
Gives us brotherhood and grace 

May we follow Kim though the valley dim 
And in glory find our place. — L.C< 



MEDITATIONS 

OUR CUP 
John 13:11: u Then said Jesus unto Peter,, put up thy 
sword into the sheath; the cup which my Father hath 
given me, shall I not drink it?" So knowing the Father 
is not willing that any should be' lost, are we willing 
tc accept the cup. He gives us? We know that all things 
work together for good to the believers. 



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TH , LOV; OF THJ TRUTH 



How very important it is that we love the truth in 
these evil times in which we live, which Paul wrote 
should come before Christ's second coming i 
II Thessalonians 2:9-10: "Even him, whose coming is 
after the working of Satan with all power and signs 
and lying wonders., And with all deceivableness of 
unrighteousness in them that perish] because they 
received not the love of the t rut h j that they might 
be saved. : ' lie are living in a time when the nations 
have the most cunning deceivers to fill their propa- 
ganda offices , to sway the minds of the people, to 
promote their selfish desires, and spread slanders to- 
ward any that differ with them. 

i MEEKEjSS 

liatthew 3:5: "Blessed are the meek? for they shall 
inherit the earth. " Galatians 6: 1,2: » Brethren, if a 
man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, 
restore such a one in the spirit of meekness; consid- 
ering thyself lest th©u also be tempted, Bear one an- 
other 1 s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." So 
we see how important it is to use charity and not au- 
thority. II Corinthians 12:9- "And he said unto me, 
Ky grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is 
made perfect in weakness." I Corinthians 4:21: 'That 
will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, 
and in the spirit of meekness?" I Peter 4:3: "And 
above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: 
for charity shall cover the multitude of sins," 

ACCEPT OR E3JECT 

Jesus came to offer us salvation, mankind had failed 
to live the laws God required of them to be His blessed 
people. They had written their own interpretation of 
God's laws. T*e cannot choose what we will deny our- 
selves to please God, but if we share what we have to 
help others, that is acceptable. — Ernest Wagner 



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P A R'.EL"-5 OF TIE. TAIfflfcflJS 

"For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling 
into a far country, who called his own servants, and 
delivered unto them his goods* And unto one he gave 
five talents, to another two, and to another one; to 
every man according to his several ability; and straight- 
way took his journey." Matthew 25:14-15 

In this parable of the talents, Jesus is telling 
the responsibilities of Cod's people from the Ascension 
until his Second Advent, (Latthew 25:31) The Lord, here 
portrayed as a man travelling to a far country, assigns 
responsibilities to his followers, who are called ser- 
vants in this parable, j ote that each servant received 
talents, or responsibilities according to his several 
ability, When Jesus comes the 'second time .each servant 
will be held accountable for his expended efforts in 
the kingdom* I believe every Christian can relate to 
this parable. 

Let us consider some of the talents with which God's 
servants are entrusted, I believe they are the various 
individual abilities to further God ! s kingdom. The 
prima ir r work of God's servants is two fold. One is * 
persuading people to accept God's grace and salvation 
and the other is the work of maintaining, supporting, 
and encouraging the church of God's kingdom. Many have 
the ability to appr. ach end witness to strangers while 
some of us ore somewhat reticent in public. Writing 
words of inspiration and instructive encouragement in 
this or other publications is something more of us 
could exercise in. I personally commend the contribu- 
tors and editors for a talent here well applied. The 
ability to listen fully to other's concerns and to give 
our brother or sister the full benefit of any doubt Is 
a talent we should all covet after. Just a word of en- 
couragement to a minister or teacher can 'be a rewarding 
effort. It seems sometimes the seemingly small things, 
a smile, thank you, or a nod of approval, are difficult 
to express but can have lasting effects. We are thank- 
ful that some have the talent to sway crowds and to 



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exercise great responsibility, but we should all be 
willing t« exercise cur abilities In the everyday 
work before us. This leads us to the unfortunate 

response of some who feel the Lord has given them 
only one talent. 

In the Gospel of Luke the account Is given where 
the servant wrapped his pound in a napkin. Matthew 
says that the steward buried his talent in the earth. 
If we wrap our abilities In the napkin of -self- inter- 
est/ we will be cf little use in God's kingdom. 
Likewise when a persor buries his talent in this 
earth T s pursuit s, when this life is over this person 
will be bankrupt In He-only treasure. 

I believe the paral cf the talents is a lesson 
in faithful living. Tn'e Lord is telling us to direct 
our lives in efforts which will not pass away with 
this life but will have eternal rewards, 

— Joseph Wagner 

Modesto , California 

A TRUE HAPPENING 

What you are about to read is true. The names 
have been emitted except for ©lie to protect the pri- 
vacy of the f ,mily. Because there are so many, many , 
abortions in . -jnerica we felt this story should be 
shared. 

This autumn a young couple, who are Navajo s, came 
to pur door in the evening in their pick-up. The 
young lady T s aunt came to the door and handed us the 
following notes 

f J To Brother David, 

My mom and cousin, , are going for an Impor- 
tant thing* __ was going to have a baby but due 
td some problems within the body,, she had a surgery, 

ffc£d the embryo was removed. _ and want you 

to perform a funeral service for the embryo. My 
pom dpesn't really kn&w how it's done--— "but maybe 
f you do. Thank you for your concerns and cor side r- 
at ions* 






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» This couple has two children. They had waited six 
years for another baby. She was not well. The doctors 
thought it was a tubal pregnancy and operated* It was. 
| h-~\rd for _ to say "yes 11 to the surgery. They found 
t the b:.by was growing near the bladder. Our report is 
\ only from the family: we h ,ve not talked with the doc- 
tors. 

She had not known she wis pregnant so it was very 
early in the pregnancy. The embryo was put in a plas- 
tic cup with a lid on and the couple got it. Vhen they 
arrived at the mission they had the cup in c thermos 
with ice in it. They It d been shopping and bought 
thing 3 for r, burial, The cousin had had a dream that 
it was a girl so th t named it Jessica Faith. 

David wont to one cf our buildings whore there is a 
work-table and he fixed the embryo for them, They had 
a small j pink suitcase. On the outside it said,, "Going 
to Grandma f s. n In the bottom of the suitcase David 
placed a receiving blanket. He put the embryo in a zip- 
lock bag in it and folded the blanket in four ways* 
On top of this went another blanket , a lacy, pink dress , 
satin slippers, socks, a baby beetle, two toys, and a 
Gerber undershirt. 

Plans were made for the funeral at the Anthill Church 
for the next ; afternoon at 2:00 which was on a Sundry* 
During services here at the mission the next mornimg 
the young mother 1 s aunt called mo out and wanted to know 
if we could make : . box for the suitcase so the dirt 
would not crush it during burial. 

After church services, Paul David made a small box. 
Following dinner, D- vid r.nd I put the box in the back 
of the mission pick-up and we wont to Anthill for the 
i services, Anthill is one of our outreach areas, 

Twenty-one family and friends gathered for the fun- 
\ eral in the little anthill Church. The mother requested 
the congrog- tion sing, "Lord, I'm Coming Home. 51 Brother 
David T s message centered around John 14, Psalm 23, and 
Matthew 19:14. He brought in that Jesus loves the lit- 
tle children and during the service the congregation . 
sang, n Jesus Loves the Little Children,- 

The family and fri -ds wore able to V^ 1 " at 4 'he ar- 



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rangbmont before the lid was nailed on. We drove 
a short distance to the family plot for burial. 
Throe uncles lowqrod the box with straps, and Brother 
David had the committal service^ and then the grav. 
w&o covered. A cross with pink flov/ors wis put on 
the grave, and different ones stuck in silk flowers 
in the loose dirt, 

Wc were touched with the concern and respect and 
love that this couple and their family gave to this 
11 baby," It is so vastly different from the feelings 
and lack of love shown in our nation by those having 
abortions. 

— t>y Mildred Skiles 

lorroon Navajo Mission 
Cuba, Nov/ Mexico 

BIRTH 

BEERS" — A daughter, Lydia Lou, born February 2, to 
Daniel and Miriam leery , of Kappanee, Indiana. 



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Rest net! Life is sweeping by; 

Go and dare before you die. 

Something and sublime 

Leave behind to conquer time; 

Glorious 'tis to live for aye, 

1 hen these forms have passed away 

For God has marked each sorrowing day 

•jig numbered every secret tear. 

nd heavens long years of bliss shall pay , 
For all his children suffer here* 

— W # C. Bryant 

Selected by Bertie Baker 



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HISTORICAL 11 

Another Interesting passage from the pen of Alex- 
ander Mack is the following: 

"In this 1791ft year the monthly Thursday meeting 
was resumed. It had been omitted in Germantown for 
over twenty years. Various important causes have con- 
tributed to cause this meeting to awaken from its long 
sleep. 

"One of the most important causes can here be recorded 
for the future: It often happened after the religious 
meeting that things were brought up which one could not 
call unfit for consideration, in order to avoid giving 
offense; yet it was apparent that the occasion was not. 
suitable as for lack of time things could not be prop- 
erly presented, much less sufficiently discussed, so 
that for untried minds the effect was more injurious 
than edifying. 

"It was therefore, agreed to choose some other time ^ 
for this meeting, and so the choice fell upon the sec- \ 
ond Thursday in each month." 

This record of Elder Mack's relates to council meet- 
ings. Brumbaugh says the Germantown congregation held 
a weekly council meeting on Thursday as early as 1738. 
Later this meeting was held monthly, and still later 
was abandoned, then was resumed in 1791 as here_ stated. 
In the period that it was omitted the business matters 
of the congregation appear to have been attended to 
after the close of their regular meetings for worship, 
on the Lord's day. This was also the custom of many 
others of the early congregations. But the monthly * 
meetings were also common in many places. In later 
years these meetings have been held less frequently and 
with less regularity. In some congregations, yearly, 
or as occasions required; in others, quarterly. 

The Brethren probably held council meetings from the 
beginning. The business side of the church's activity 
is performed in councils where., every member is urged to 
participate in the disposition of questions which may 
be of value to the members. 

— f rem C hronicles of the Brethren- by JLMk -Ki*rmnel 



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OBITUARY 

JOHN EAVIL SAtfBJSR was tern January 22, 1919 s near 
Fallas Center, Iowa, to David and ,rma (Kissly) Sauder. 
K% the age of eight years he moved to Lancaster County, 
Pennsylvania, where he lived until his death. 

He'wrs baptized June 3j 1934, and was a faithful 
member of the Old Order River Brethren Church. Ha 
w^e ccllecto the ministry Hay 5, 1951* and was ordained 
bishop or. September 28, 1969* A compassionate ard 
caring man, he had a greet burden for souls. 

As someone said, he had the rare combination of 
intelligence, ability, an- humility. He loved people 
and he and his wife were "given to hospitality." 
They pIsq traveled frequently, sharing the gospel. 

On February 2, 1989, he and his wife, Ada ( St risk- 
ier) celebrated fifty years of happy married life. 

fter a sun stroke the first year of their marriage, 
he wa'b unable to continue farming. In 1942 he began 
repairing f&xm machinery and making parts, which could 
not be obtained because of the war. He later said if 
he'd h ; ve known hO T - the business would grow, he would 
have been afr??id to start. He had about 80 employees 
when he sold the business in 1972. 

His love for people was evident in his life of ser- 
vice. Hi? preaching came from a heart touched by Ckxi 
and therefore reached the hearts of those who hear;. 

On January 22, 1990, on his 71st birthday, he vas 
called home to be with the Lord he loved and faith- 
fully served. Death followed a. six month illness > 
during which he encouraged his visitors from his bed 
of bain. 

He will be greatly missed by the church and a wide 
circle of friends. Mssing him most keenly are hii 
beloved wife Ada and their three daughters: Miriam; 
Rachel, wife of Mohamed Salamh; Harriet, wife oS 
Stephen Scott; and son, David and his wife Emma? three 
grandsons; three granddaughters] and two sifters, Ida " 
Forry and Or£0ten4 Pbrry. He was preceded in death 
by his parents, tfere^r Arofcher.*^ and two sister- 



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Funeral services were held January 26th at Sonlight 
River Brethren School by Bishop Philip Punk, Brother 
John B, Kniesly and Brother Harold H, Kenger, The ser- 
men wps taken from St, John 10:2-5* Burial was at the 
Silver Spring Cemetery. 

His family is deeply grateful for the countless deeds 
and expressions of love during his illness and death. 
They are thankful for the prayers , and John often prayed 
God r s blessing on all those who were graying for him, 
^ T ow his prayers and labors are over but their effects 
linger to bless our lives % We are left with the chal- 
lenge to carry on his ministry of love, 

— The Family 

CUE FFJLTKR 

Thou art a faithful God I 
Your precious love You've shown 
Be near us in this solemn hour 
Ccme, make Thy presence known. 

You've called a husband home 

To see You face to face 

Though glad he T s free from pain, his wife - 

Tr ill miss his fond embrace. 

An earthly father's love 

His grateful family knew. 

He taught and guided them to seek 

Their help^ and strength in You 

The church and friends he loved 
TT ere by his labors blest . 
He served as Your ambassador 
And now he f s gone to rest. 

Lord, let the seeds he's sown 
Be fruitful in each heart; 
^That \m may live as he has lived 
Then meet him ne'er to part* 

— I/iriam Saucer 



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FOR YOUTH 
PSALM 19 MEDITATIONS 

When I read the first several verses of Psalm i9, 

I Ipegin to think of the wondrous beauty of God ! s 
Creation, His Creation is something that He alone 
can make j and we can, by observing it , see only in 
part how great our God really is. If the heavens 
declare the glory of God, ought not we to do so too? 

Verses four through six talk of the greatness of 
the all-reaching, ever-burning sun* What a marvel 
we see in the sky every day and often seem to take 
for grantout In reading about the sun in this chap- 
ter, I begin to compare it to the Son of God, Jesus 1 

II line is gone out through all the earth" and His 
"words to the end of the world," Almost every part 
of the world has been exposed to Jesus 1 works, and 
we are promised that His words will last forever. 

At the end of time, He too will come out of His cham- 
ber and as a bridegroom will rejoice to take His 
Bride with Him. The Son r s "going forth is from the 
end of the earth and His circuit unto the ends of it" 
just as it is with the burning sun in the sky. God 
is everywhere, and "nothing is hid" from the heat of 
the sun. We can not do anything but God will see it. 
Vie can not, must not take the Son of God for granted 
as we often do the sun I 

Verses seven through nine tell us how great are 
the laws, testimonies, statutes, commandments, fear, 
and judgements of God* Then we must ponder, do we 
always give these things the meaning that David did? 
Do we always rejoice in the Lord's statutes? We 
should, for surely they are "more to be desired than 
gold" and are sweeter than honey. 13y them we are 
warned — oh, will we not listen to them? 

Verses twelve and thirteen talk of two opposite 
types of sin — those we do not know about and those 
*m "knowingly do. With David we must pray, "cleanse 
me... keep back* •♦let them not have dominion over 



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me..." Only then can we be pure in the Lord's sight. 

The last verse of this Psalm summarizes these 
thoughts. Oh, that vie may be acceptable in the Lord's 
sight! May ire never forget that He knows everything 
we do and say and, think. The Lord will help us to 
obey His commandments and to be acceptable in His sight. 
Our plea with the Psalmist David's, "Let the words of 
my mouth> and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable 
in thy sight, Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." 



-Denita Huffman 
Dayton, Ohio 



lord and saviour, mi . and kind 

Lord and Saviour, true and kind, 

Be the Master of my mind;. 

Bless, and guide, and strengthen still 

All my powers of thought and will. 

Lot Thy gracious presence rule 
All I think and speak at school* 
Keep me faithful, prompt, and keen, ' 
■Vt Thy side, my King unseen* 

Here I train for life f s swift rac«; 
Let me do it in Thy grace; 
Here I arm me for life's fight; 
Let me do it In Thy might. 

Thou hast made me mind and soul; 
I for Thee would use the whole; 
Thou hast died that I might live; 
All my powers to Thee I give, 

— Handley C,G. Monk 1841-1920 

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus, 
Life's trials wall seem so small when we see Christ; 
One glimpse of His dear face All sorrow will erase. 
So bravely run the race Till we see Christ. 
— by Esther K, Rusthoi Sel. by Susan R» Coning 



GHILBKHIB'S PAGK 
ROOT 3D IN GOOD SOIL 

Several years ego we planted two trees in our yard. 
They were trll > and we had to support them with 'wires 
so the wind would not blow them over. Soon the roots 
grew strong enough to support the tree. 

Did you know yo>"> have roots also? Your roots are 
just as important as the trees T . If you are living 
for Jesus your roots are growing in good soil. As 
your roots become stronger, the storms of life will 
have little effect on you. If you are living for 
this world only j } our roots are in poor soil. In 
rx>or soil your roots feed on trash. You will grow, 
but as the stores coue, yo ' will not be able to stand. 
David and Goliath are good examples of roots growing* 
In good or poor soil, Goliath had to be supported 
hy all his heavy armour, David was supported only 
by God, ,,s they met for battle, we see that David 
had his roots in the good soil* Goliath wis feeding 
on trash, Goliath fell, but David stood firm and 
unshrken* You need to be very careful that your 
tender roots are In good soil. King Solomon reminds 
us, "The little forces spoil the vines. 11 Also your 
little roots cm spoil jour life, Jesus says some 
of His words will fall in stony places where there 
is not much soil* Grotrth will appear but soon the 
storms will come and the plant will fall because 
there is no root # Lon*t you. want to stand like David? 
Jesus again tells us/ 1 ! am the root and offspring of 
David, and the bright and morning star." If you keep 
your eyes on this STAR you will land in I lee; ven. 

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Vol. 37 MARCH, 1990 NO. 3 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2;tt 



LOVING-KINDNESS 

Awake, my soul, in joyful lays, 
And sing thy great Redeemers praise; 
He justly claims a song from me, 
His loving-kindness, how freei 

He saw me ruined by the fall, 
Yet loved me notwithstanding all; 
He saved me from my lost estate, 
His loving-kindness, how great 1 

Though numerous hosts of mighty foes, 
Though earth and hell my way oppose, 
He safely leads my soul along, 
His loving-kindness, how strong I 

When trouble, like a gloomy cloud, 
Has gathered thick and thundered loud; 
He near my soul has always stood, 
His loving-kindness, how goodl 

I often feel my sinful heart 
Prone from my Jesus to depart; 
But though I have him oft forgot, 
His loving-kindness changes not,. 

Soon shall I pass the gloomy vale, 
Soon all my mortal powers must fail; 
0, may my last expiring breath, 
His loving-kindness sing in death. 

— Samuel Medley 



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THJE BEAUTY 

Our "family hike" one year took us into high ele- 
vations of the Sierras for a day* One of our children 
had a book of wildflowers of the area. Perhaps because 
of this j or because of the season, we began to notice 
the exquisite beauty of the miniature flowers along 
the trail* They hug the ground with tiny stems, leaves, 
and intricate petals* You can almost miss them unless 
you take special care to watch and examine them closely* 

So it is with many of the beautiful things of life. 
Often they shed their fragrane ■-.■ and display their 
colors but go unnoticed by bui,< people. And we are 
the poorer for it* God has placed beauty in this 
world for our benefit and enjoyment, But we can either 
use and appreciate it, ignore it altogether, or misuse 
and abuse it to our loss. We can even complain and 
grumble about its absence when it is really there if 
we will open our eyes. 

How many beautiful things can you name? The list 
is endless* Flowers are high on the list, but it also 
includes the swirl of wood grain, the curl of breaking 
waves, the soft fur of a kitty, the pure and innocent 
face of a child, snowflakes and dew, symetrical' leaves, 
and mountain peaks. Beauty, wherever we see it, can 
be a blessing to us as we praise the Creator of such 
endless and perfect skill of design* Woodworkers 
bring out the best of the wood grain, gardeners strive 
for the finest and best flowers and produce, artists 
try to capture the details of creation, young fellows 
use beautiful roses to show love to the girl of their 
choice* Truly we are blessed with God*s handiwork. 

But there is another beauty created by God and 
treasured by man: the beauty of spirit* This, too, 
is often passed by unnoticed and unappreciated* It is 
often found where physical beauty is less. The express- 
ion "Beauty is only skin deep" refers to physical 
beauty* Many times the young man of woman with the 
greatest physical beauty lacks the inner glory of the 



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• spirit* And often the one with less physical charm is 
the very one who is the most kind, loving, and peaceful. 

We don r t know what the -Bible characters looked. like, 
but their qualities of spirit are usually revealed in 
some way. Our perfect example of beauty is Jesus, 
Solomon writes in Song of Solomon 5> "He is altogether 
lovely !t and "the chiefest of ten thousand. 11 And yet 
His appearance in His suffering is described in 
Isaiah 53 > n He hath no form nor comeliness y and when 
we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should 
desire him." To the redeemed who have felt their sins 
forgiven by His atoning blooci ? He truly is "the fairest 
of ten thousand to my soul," He is the "Beautiful 
SAviour" and the "Fairest Lcra Jesus." 

His followere reflect this beauty. We could mention 
Mary who sat adoringly at His feet absorbing His words. 
She believed Him when He spoke of His death, and she 
anointed His body for burial. 

Tabitha or Dorcas "was full of good words and alms- 
deeds which she did" — full of beauty translated into 
loving service. And when she died the widows wept. 
Through Peter, God brought her back to share her beau- 
tiful spirit a little longer. 

There were Phebe. Frlseilla and Aquila, Mary, and 
others mentioned in Romans 16 who- were known, not for 
their physical 'charms, but for their service in the 
church of Christ, 

Today our society is obsessed with the beauty of the 
body. It is displayed in nearly every worldly public- 
cation. They use the exposed body to. call attention 
to products they wish to sell. Satan has capitalized 
on a weakness of mankind, especially man. The beauty 
of form which God created for the use, enjoyment, and 
appreciation of man has truly been abused and exploited 
as far as men are capable of exploiting and abusing. 
It is like overeating, drunkenness*, and excesses of any 
kind where man takes something, meant for his benefit, 
and uses it to his own destruction. 

•Is it any wondfer that Christian women are admonished 
to cultivate modesty and the me -4: and auiet spirit 



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and warned against outward adorning? Christian girls, 
you have in your possession a beauty of form that you 
can use for your happiness in Christian marriage, or 
you can abuse and display yourself in a way that you 
will suffer for now and in the time to come. You are 
probably not completely aware of this responsibility 
you have to the young men you meet. May Christian 
parents be faithful to warn their young children of 
this danger. It is certainly not being done by un- 
believing parents. The evils of divorce, unfaithful- 
ness, abortion, and fornication can many times be 
traced directly to immodesty of young women and the 
resul ting lust of young men. 

But I wanted to write of true beauty. Young people, 
you ho\o great potential for inner beauty and loveli- 
ness ft You don ! t inherit it, learn it in school books, 
or pick it up from the world* You must find it in 
Jesus. Only as we yield our lives to God will we be- 
come more and more beautiful in His sight. 

We all like new things — new cars, new clothes, netf 
books, new tools. New things are beautiful; the spring- 
time shows this as the new growth appears on the trees 
and new Hovers spring up. God proposes to make us new 
creatures in Him. These new creatures have the true 
beauty; they are like Jesus. Colossians 3^9,10: "Lie 
not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the 
old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, 
which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him 
that created him. n 

We have an ugly round cactus that produces the most 
beautiful flowers* They last about one day. True 
beauty, the beauty of spirit, the beauty of Jesus, is 
the only kind that will last. The flowers die; the 
leaves wither. Physical beauty of youth gives way to 
the wrinkles of old age. Peter tells us, "For all 
flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the 
flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower 
thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endure th 
for ever*" May we have the true beauty of spirit that 
keeps on shedding fragrance and joy and peace, — L.C. 



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FOLLOW ME 

Two simple words* A command we often- give our child- 
ren* A command often overlooked or ignored. Something 
that many people don't even know who or what they are 
following and don T t want to even think about it* 
"Follow Me," and I will make you fishers of men," 
(Matthew 4:19) Anyone who has gone fishing knows- that 
it takes certain equipment, certain bait, and a certain 
skill to catch fish* Then, when we do catch a fish, 
what do we do? We reel in the line, drawing the fish 
to us. We attract the fish with our bait which is also 
hiding our hook which secures our cpvIk 

Have you ever wondered just what prompted these men 
to obey Jesus' command " FOLLOW ME"? Mark says that 
"straightway they forsook their nets and followed Him." 
(1:18) Luke says that Simon Peter, James, and John: 
caught a large draught of fish by obeying Jesus (5:4). 
The publican Levi rose and followed Jesus at these two 
words ♦ (Luke 5:27) Andrew and John heard John the -Bap- 
tist say, "Behold the Lamb of- God!" *and followed Him, 
Jesus asked them, "What seek ye?" They answered, ' "Where 
dwellest thou?" Jesus then invited, "Come and see." 
(John 1:38-51) Surely it was the countenance of Jesus, 
the witness of His Spirit, that drew all men to Him., 
It wasn T t a loud, powerful, demanding voice; it was a 
quiet, simple, command, "FOLLOW ME" j "COME AND SEE." 
All we need to do is ask Him, "Where dwellest Thou?" 
and He will say, "COME AND SEE" and He will lead us 
right to the heart . 

Back to our fishing equipment: the equipment we 
need to follow Him is His Word, the bait is * eternal life, 
and the skill is The Spirit, If we use these readily 
available resources, then we can be assured that we 
will be rewarded with His benefits and eternal life with 
Him. "If ye continue in my- word, then are ye mydis~ 
ciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth', and the 
truth shall make you free," (John 8:31,32) Some of 
Jesus 1 initial followers forsook Him, being offended 



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at some of His teaching. Then He inquired of the twelve, 
"Will ye also go away?" (John 6:67) One of those twelve 
betrayed Him, 

There was a people that Jesus told could not follow 
Him and that was the Jews* n I go my way, and ye shall 
seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye 
cannot come," (John 8; 21) Jesus also warned others, 
"... except your righteousness shall exceed the right- 
eousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no 

case enter into the kingdom of heaven," (Mat, 5^20) 
Jesus called them "hypocrites" and "fools." "This peo- 
ple draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth 
me with their lips; but their heart is far from me," 
(Matthew 15:8) 

What would Jesuc say of us today? How close are our 
hearts to Him? Would Ke call us "fools", "blind guides", 
"hypocrites"? What are we doing to assure that our 
actions are from the heart? 

In Proverbs we find a promise; "He that followeth 
after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteous- 
ness, and honour." (21:21) Many people cry "I want t 
to live I" but few there be that want to follow righteous- 
ness and mercy. Study Isaiah 51 j and notice verse 7 9 
"Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the peo- 
ple in whose HEART IS MI LAW; fear, ye not the reproach 
of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings." Re- 
proaches and revilings will determine just how strong 
His "Law" is in our hearts. "For even hereunto were ye 
called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving 
us an example, that ye should follow His steps." 
(I Pet* 2:21) Yes, there are preparations to make, con- 
ditions to meet, as cen be seen in this sentence: 
"...If she have diligently followed every good work," 
(I Ti. 5:10) "...Follow righteousness, faith, charity, 
peace, with them that call on the Lord oat of a pure 
heart," (II Ti. 2:22) "... Follow that which is good, 
both among yourselves, and to all men," (I Th. 5:15; 

"The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one 
of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 
And they shall say to you, See herejUcry^aee there:-- go 



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not after them, nor follow them." (Lk. ; 17:22,23) "For 
we have not followed cunningly devised fables.*." 
(II Pe. 1:16) "Let us therefore follow after the things 
which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify 
■ another." (Ro. 14:19) 
Jesus warns us, "Take heed to yourselves, lest at any 
time your hearts be overcharged with ...the cares of this 
life, and so that day come upon you unawares."' (Lk. 21:34) 

Notice the sharp rebuke Jesus gave Peter when he pro- 
tested Jesus 1 suffering: "Get thee behind me, Satan: 
thou are an offence unto me: for thou savourest not 
the things that be of 'God, but those that be of men." 
What a slap in the free for Peter I Peter didn't fully 
comprehend the missJ rn of Jesus, or understand the 
Divine Plan. . Do we? AH too often we savour the things 
that be of man: the things in this kingdom, in this 
world. What is your mission? Is it just to fit in, or 
to be different? When you 1 re faced with a new idea,, or 
an unfamiliar thought, where is the first place you turn? 
Friends? Books? History? These have their place, but 
I think the first move should be to His Word. Get it 
settled there, then turn to these other sources. This 
is the only way we as a micro-component of His Church 
can maintain, a straight, unwavering march to The Goal. 

Now, let's take notcie of how Peter handled adversity. 
Turn to Luke 22:54* Jesus has been seized and is being 
led away by the crowd; but notice one sentence: "Arid, 
Peter followed afar off." In : the next verse, notice 
another sentence: "Peter s$t down among them." We know 
the sad story well. Peter denied Jesus three times and 
then the cock crew* One look from Jesus and Peter sud- 
denly remembered Jesus' prediction, "And Peter went out, 
and wept bitterly."" 

Think of the ease we live in today, the freedom of 
worship. Yet, like Peter, I'm sure we need to get closer 
to Jesus; we "follow afar off" despite the lack of ad- 
versity. Too many times we "sit down among them." How 
will it be when adversity comes? Let's not find our- 
selves "weeping bitterly" as Peter 'did, for then it may 
be too late to FOLLOW JESUS; the door may I ; closed*. 



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For Peter, the door was open. "Then arose Peter, 
and RAN unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he be- 
held the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, 
wondering in himself at that which had come to pass* 11 
(Lk, 24:12) Read the account of the two disciples 
walking and talking together with the "Stranger." Then 
they sat at meat; and when He blessed and brake the 
bread, they finally realized that it was Jesus, 

When we break bread together around the communion 
table, isn't this when we see Jesus more clearly? 
Don't our hearts "burn with in us" as we in one accord 
serve one another and leave off the worldly cares? 

Jesus invites all to "come and dine.". We must lis- 
ten and do what He says, such an "cast the net on the 
right side," (John 21:6) Through seeking,, diligence, 
understanding, obedience, love, and control we can, 
FOLLOW HIM, He even walks with those who don't know 
Him, patiently waiting and hoping they will recognize 
Him and respond to His invitation, "FOLLOW THOU ME," 
(Jn. 21:19,22) 

Jesus called His followers "BRETHREN." If we are 
"BRETHREN/ 1 why can't we "TOGETHER build each other up, 
share our talents, share our skills, share our Faith, 
share our fears, share our joys? Loving is sharing, 
Why must we still, as Peter did, savour the things of 
man? Savour used here means to "set the mind on"; in 
the dictionary it pertains to the senses, particularly 
taste and smell* In other words, it is when our minds 
are set on pleasing our natural senses. 

We've seen the electronics age and the computer age, 
and each one has adversely affected His Followers; not 
in themselves, perhaps, but through distracting from 
spiritual things. It is easy to get caught up in the 
spirit of the age, but it is quite contrary to the 
Spirit of God, One car company boasts its product as 
"the new spirit of America 1 . 11 ] There are many spirits 
out there, many distractions. We need to concentrate 
our whole effort to FOLLOWING JESUS and serving 
our brethren, A simple song says, I will serve Thee 
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want this life that Jesus offers, the "bait" of eternal 
life and the joy He gives us in this present life. 
Jesus saj/is it so plainly and simply, "My mother and my 
brethren are these which hear the word of God, and DO 
IT." (Lk. 8:21) A "popular saying today is "just do 
it," That's where the world goes wrong. We need to 
carefully consider outcomes. We need to count the cost. 
We can't go wrong if we choose life and FOLLOW JESOS. 
Just ask Him, "WHERE DWELLEST THOU?" He will joyously 
invite you to "COME AMD SEE; FOLLOW ME." "I am the 
door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, 
and shall go in and out, and find pasture (life)." 
(Jn. 10:9) "In Him (is) life; and the life (is) the 
light of men. n (Jn, 1:4) rr I am the light of the world: 
he that F0LL0WETH ME shall riot walk in darkness, .bat 
shall have the light of life," (Jn, 8:12) Let's all 
be diligent in our living, so that the Lord may say of 
us collective^, "These are they which follow the Lamb 
whithersoever He goethe" (Rev, 14:4) 

—Ron Gable 

Goshen, Indiana 



MEDITATIONS 

GOD'S PLEASURE 

Revelation 4:11: "Thou art worthy, Lord, to re- 
ceive glory and honour and power; for thou hast cre- 
ated all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were 
created*" So we understand the Bible contains the re- 
cord of God seeking to restore man to enjoy that close 
union that God planned to have with the man He created. 
God hates sin, so man in his sinful state could not 
enjoy close fellowship with God. In Jesus* God came as 
one of us, to seek reconciliation, and we should be 
willing to deny self and seek reconciliation with on# 
another. 



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BELIEF >■ .,- 

John 11:26: "And "whosoever liveth and belie veth 
in me shall never die # Believest thou this?" Jesus 
•was moved to tears during this interview, for He was 
deeply* stirred. Are we hoping for a more abundant 
life? Or are we resigned to death. Let us accept the 
life He offers, 

LEARNING 

Hebrews 5:S: "Though he were a Son, yet learned he 
obedience by the things which he suffered* 1 ' So we 
should understand that the: - are some things we have 

to actually live and expei nee to learn* We are told 

not to faint when we are re bated by Him. He is work- 
ing to correct us, and will save us if we trust Him* 
If Jesus needed to be taught, don*t we? 

THE EXCELLENT WAY 

If we make a diligent study of Apostle Paul ! s first 
letter to the Corinthians, we find they were in a con- 
dition very similar to that of our state today. We 
find Paul didn't choose one above another, but told 
them they all belonged in the body of Christ, In the 
thirteenth chapter he tells them not to use their gifts 
to compete: with one another, but to work together in 
love and charity* 

COMPETITION 

We are living in a world where our success or fail- 
ure is based on a Comparison with others 3 and to try 
to excel* But in our Christian life, we should be dif- 
ferent* I Cor. 12:25: "That there should be no schism 
in the body; but that the members should have the saiae 
care one for another*" Charity teaches we should not" 
seek our own, but other's welfare* Jesus taught His 
disciples who sought to be greatest, by setting up a 
little child as an example for them* —Ernest Wagner 



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HOW TO SOLVE DISAGREEMENTS 

One Christian brother heard another talking about 
him in a derogatory manner. So he went to the tale- 
bearer and said, "Please be kind enough to tell me my 
faults so that I may try to correct them." The tale- 
bearer agreed. 

The Christian who had been injured said, "First let 
us kneel and pray that my eyes may be open to see my 
faults as you reveal them to me. Will you lead in the 
prayer?" 

When the prayer was over, the man who had sought the 
interview said, "Now proceed, my brother, with what you 
have noted in my life which had disturbed you," But 
the other answered* "After praying over it, it looks so 
little that it is not worth talking about, I realize 
now that by going around and talking about you, I have 
been serving the devil myself, and have need that you 
pray for me and forgive me the wrong I have done you," 

The disagreement disappeared, 

—Selected from Pulpit Help s piblished by 
AMG International 



A little word in -kindness spoken, 

A motion, or a tear, 
Has often healed the heart that's broken, 

And made a friend sincere, 

A word — a look — has crushed to earth 

Pull many a budding flower, 
Which had a smile but owned its birth, 

Would bless life's darkest hour. 

Then deem it not an idle thing 

A pleasant word to speak. 
The face you wear, the thoughts you bring, 

A heart may heal or' break. 

— Colesworthy 

Selected by Bertie Baker 



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HISTORICAL 

CHJRCH PUBLICATIONS 

In colonial days the Brethren were leaders in print- 
ing both books and periodicals* The Sower press at 
Germantown had no superior in the colonies for both 
quantity and quality of the work done. But at the 
close of this period a great misfortune befell the en- 
terprise and its veteran publisher, Elder Christopher 
Sower* Though the work was continued after an inter- 
val, by another, yet it could not regain its former 
activity or prestige* Then, too, the membership became 
scattered in the westward march of the pic. rs, and 
the thought and energy of these frontier Brethren were 
so taken up with the hardships of their new life that 
they had but little time to read literature. There 
was but small demand for any church publication. Of 
the definite history of the church during this period 
we know but little * 

April 1, 1851, the first number of a .new paper called 
the Mo nthly Gos pel Visitor was sent out from Poland, 
Ohio* It had been printed on a spring-house loft and 
edited by Elder Henry Kurtz* Elder Kurtz was a German 
scholar of much literary ability* He had served for 
years as a Lutheran preacher, but united with the 
Brethren in 1328. For many years he had felt the need 
of a church paper; but as many of his brethren were 
suspicious of all innovations, the paper was not brought 
forth until the above date. The Annual Meeting con- 
sidered the new movement a private enterprise and ad- 
vised forbearance on the part of those who could not 
see the need of the paper. 

The Gospel Visitor steadily grew in circulation and 
influence. It did not contain much news, but every 

P V 

month it : brought gospel messages of cheer and spir-r 
itual food to homes that greatly needed it. In 1856 
Elder James Quinter became the associate editor, and 
eight years later, when Elder Kurtz retired from active 
duties, Elder Quinter became editor. The paper con- 



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tinued its monthly visits until January 1> 1874, when 
it was consolidated with another paper that had been 
growing up in the meantime « 

During the early years of the Gospel Visitor * .B«R» 
Holsinger was an assistant in the office. His observa- 
tions caused him to feel the need of a weekly religious 
paper among the Brethren. The proprietors of the 
Visitor did not see fit to make the change. H.R. Hol- 
singer taught school several years and edited a secular 
newspaper in 1863. The following year he sent forth 
specimen copies of a new weekly religious paper, the 
C hristian Family Companion . The policy of the paper 
was a broad one and much trouble arose because of the 
freedom with which individual members were allowed to 
express themselves through its columns. The paper 
differed from the Gospel Visitor , in that it solicited 
much church news* This made it popular, with many peo- 
ple. It continued under its original title, edited by 
H.Rp Holsinger, until June 1,1874, when it was consol- 
idated with the Gospel Visitor , the new publication re- 
taining both of the names of the old papers. 

The editors or the Christian Family Companion and 
Gospel Visitor were James Quinter and J # W. Beer, who 
stated on the title page that the paper was published 
by permission of the "Church of the Brethren. 11 The * 
paper was published at Dale City, later known as Meyers- 
dale, Pa. The name of the consolidated paper was soon 
found to be too long to be convenient, and on January 
1, 1876, the name Primitive. Christian was given to it. 

The Primitive Christian was soon joined by another 
paper known as the Pilgrim. The Pilgrim had been mak- 
ing weekly visits since 1870. It had been edited and 
published by H,B. and J.B. Brumbaugh at James Creek, 
Pa. Its policy, though aggressive, was much milder 
than that of the Christian Family Companion . It had 
gained a good circulation, but since the Prim itive 
Christian had about the sajne policy and purpose, the 
two papers were united October 24, 1876* It was pub- 
lished by Quinter and Brumbaugh Bros, at Huntingdon, Pa* 
It continued under this management until June, 1883, 



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when it was consolidated with the Brethren at Work , the 
new paper being given the now familiar name or Gospel 
Messenger * .,.. 

The Vindicator began in 1870, edited by Elder Samuel 
Kinsey of Dayton, 0hio # It was an eight-page monthly 
and represented reactionary sentiments of the church* 
After the division in 18S1 the ^/in dicator became the 
accepted organ of the Old Order Brethren and continues 
to be so today. 

« — from History and Doctrine 3 of the 
Church ox the Breth ren by Otho Winger 



PATIENT CONTINUANCE 

Run with patience the writer says 
The race before thee set, 
A paradox it seems to me^ 
These terras that must be met. 

To run a race we seldom think 
That patience has a part; 
Bat hurry fast, and win it now > 
As soon as you may start* 

The Christian race is not a dash; 
It is a marathon* 

It is not speed that counts in this^ 
But he who carries on* 

Shouting and speed will not do much 
Of lasting worth for God, 
But quiet and steady faithfulness^ 
Until the path is trod, 

\. 

—James Beery 

. Nappanee, Indiana 



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FOR YOUTH 
THE STRENGTH OF YOUTH 

Rome, A.D. 303 

"There was at that time a Christian youth of four- 
teen years, called Pane rat ius, who, when he was brought 
before the Emperor Diocletian, found such special favor 
in the eyes of the latter, that he promised to adopt 
him as his son if he would abandon Christ, and show 
honor to the gods of the Romans* But this youth, who 
was old in the knowledge and love of his Saviour, showed 
such steadfastness in defending his faith and despising 
the gods, that the Emperor^ filled with rage, commanded 
that he should be decapitated on the Aurelian way, just 
cut of the city of Rome. Thus this lad loved the honor 
of his Saviour more than his own life, and hence h.e is 
justly reckoned among the number of the pious martyrs*" 
(Selected from The Timely Truth ) 

In Daniel, we read about three young men that also.* 
loved their Saviour mare than their own life, I think 
many times of their answer to the king* They said they 
would not bow down to his idols; their God would de- 
liver them; n But if not, be it known unto thee, o king, 
that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden 
image which thou hast set up. n We do not know how old 
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were, only that they 
were young men. The lad in the above paragraph was 
fourteen. I wonder -if I would have chosen to die for 
Jesus at that age. Would you? This is a hard question, 
yet it shouldn't be. When we are young, we have many 
ambitions and goals, which is good. Always check the 
"Compass" for the right directions. Jesus says,. "He 
that loseth nis life for my sake shall find. it. " 

— Everett Oyler 



BIRTH 
TAYLOR - A daughter, Bethanna Rose, born March 1 to 
Bart and Annalee Taylor of Tuolumne, California, 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 

A few weeks ago everything outside was brown and 
looked dead. Now things are green and growing. With 
growth we need to do some pruning or trimming* When 
we prune trees, we cut off some* of the branches that 
are growing in the wrong direction. By cutting cer- 
tain places, the tree can be shaped for better and 
nicer fruit. If we fail to prune the trees, the growth 
gets too thicks and the fruit is small and undesirable. 
Have you ever heard anyone say that the biggest and 
nicest apples are at the top of the tree? That is be- 
cause they can get the most sunlight. The sun can 
shine through the entire tree, when properly pruned, 
therefore, most of the apples are nice, 

vie, as God*s children, need to be pruned quite of- 
ten. When we are pruned , we are corrected so we can 
grow in the right direction, I can remember that when 
I was a child it would hurt when I was punished, Now 
I am thankful that I was loved and pruned, I believe 
if trees could talk, they would say "ouch 11 every time 
we clipped off a small portion of branch. Possibly 
there are things you would like to do, bit your parents 
say "No." They are shaping you for better life in the 
future. When you need to say, "That hurts I" remember 
how the tree profits by the "ouches." Jesus says that 
even though we are bearing fruit, we need to be cor- 
rected so we can produce MORE fruit. 

We all like to see things neat and productive. A 
tree that is well pruned and has nice fruit can be com- 
pared to a young man that is well trained. Even by 
looking at him, we can see he is different from the 
"worldly" type. By his actions we can see CHRIST is 
his pruner, 

— Everett Oyler 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2. it 



HOW CALM AND BEAUTIFUL THE MORN 

How calm and beautiful the morn 

That gilds the sacred tomb, 

Where Christ the crucified was borne, 

And veiled in midnight gloom 1 

weep no more the Saviour slain; 

The Lord is risen, — He lives again. 

Ye mourning saints, dry every tear 

For your departed Lord; 

Behold the place, He is not here, 

The tomb is all unbarred; 

The gates of death were closed in vain: 

The Lord is risen, — He lives again. 

How tranquil now the rising day! 

'Tis Jesus still appears, 

A risen Lord to chase away 

Your unbelieving fears: 

weep no more your comforts slain; 

The Lord is risen, — He lives again. 

And when the shades of evening fall, 

When life's last hour draws nigh, 

If Jesus shine upon the soul, 

How blissful then to diei 

Since He has risen that once was slain, 

Ye die in Christ To live again. 

— Thomas Hastings 



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RESURRECTION NOW 

"Rise to walk in newness of life." The baptism was 
done and the minister was giving the final instruction to 
the new convert. Now he would be received and encouraged 
by the waiting congregation. He would be welcomed into the 
family of God and expected to remain faithful and to fill 
his place. He would live a new life in Christ — a resur- 
rected life, 

Paul writes in Romans 6:/+, 5: "Therefore we are buried 
with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was 
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even 
so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have 
been planted together in the likeness of his death, we 
shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection." It 
may seem strange to say that we can experience resurrection 
here and now before our bodies die, but Paul says that in 
the Spirit it is this way. When we die to the flesh or 
"crucify the flesh" we can find new life in the Spirit. 
It is this new life we would like to describe — and to ex- 
perience. 

On the morning of Jesus' resurrection all was quiet and 
the "keepers" or guards were at their post to make sure 
there was no attempt to steal Jesus 1 body. Suddenly the 
earth began to quake. An angel came from heaven, easily 
rolled the stone from the door of the tomb and sat upon it. 
Matthew describes him: "His countenance was like lightning, 
and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the 
keepers did shake, and became as dead men." The angel then 
told the women the wonderful news, "He is risen." 

Even these glorious incidents at the resurrection of 
Jesus have their parallel in the salvation experience of 
the newborn Christian. Evil men, enemies of God, the 
Pharisees and priests and the armed guards were powerless 
to prevent Jesus' coming forth from the tomb. So are the 
forces of evil powerless to prevent God's work in the 
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in his sins. There are the bad habits, the pride, the 
fear of what old friends might say. But when God calls 
and the heart responds, no power on earth can prevent 
the coming forth of the new life. 

The women at the scene of Jesus 1 resurrection were 
fearful, but the angel reassured them, and it says "they 
departed quickly with fear and .threat joy; and did run 
to brin;* his disciples word." They are like the ones 
who rejoice when a soul turns to God. The parents, the 
body of believers, the angels of God all experience joy 
over one sinner that repents. (See Luke 15:4-7) 

Jesus was perfect already, but the body He rose with 
seemed to have new glory. He showed His disciples that 
He haci "flesh and bones" and was not a ghost or spirit. 
But that body could pass through shut doors. The new- 
born believer also has new powers. He is still in the 
flesh, but it is different now. His goals are new — as 
high as heaven. His values have changed — what was gain 
(pedigree, attainments, earthly hopes) is now loss. 
His Master is now Jesus instead of the world and Satan, 
He now begins to grow and progress in grace and pleasing 
God. 

The nextfborn soul has a new garment — the garment of 
praise for the spirit of heaviness. Our garment is what 
people see. Our attitude is the garment of the soul. 
We begin to be thankful and praising God instead of com- 
plaining .and pitying ourselves. We are to be clothed 
with humility. Even our physical garments for our bod- 
ies need to change. We move from the fashion of the 
world to the modest, God-pleasing garb of the Christian. 

This garment of praise is sometimes called the new 
song. God puts a song of praise in our hearts and gives 
us new freedom. This freedom consists of forgiving and 
being forgiven. When we forgive we are free from re- 
sentments and grudges. When God forgives us we are free 
from condemnation. As the women told of Jesus 1 resur- 
rection, the new creature now tells of his new life and 
wants others to experience it. 

What else belongs to the resurrected life? Each 
Christian's experience is different, but to all it is 



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new. We begin the new life at conversion and grow and learn 
and develop until Jesus calls us Home, Each day should be a 
day of decision to serve God better and follow Him more 
closely. Each night should bring prayers for forgiveness 
and calls for help, We do not yet have new bodies. That 
remains for the time when Jesus comes again and the living 
saints will be changed , and those who have passed away will 
be raised from the graves. But now we can experience the 
beginning of a life that need never end. Paul describes it: 
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: 
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 



new. 



My Lord, my God, can it be true 
That Jesus f blood was shed for me? 
And can I then be born anew 
And from the power of sin be free? 

Yes, Jesus died and rose again; 
The empty tomb the story sings. 
He bore the load of mankind's sin, 
And man to God He ransomed brings. 

Each one can live a new life here; 
The way is clear; the cs.ll is out. 
Come to Jesus; do not fear; 
He'll give you joy to sing about. — L.C. 



Never be sad or desponding, 

If thou hast faith to believe; 
Grace for the duties before thee, 

Ask of thy God and receive. 
Never be sad or desponding, 

There is a morrow for thee, 
Soon thou shalt dwell in the brightness, 

There with the Lord thou shalt be. 

— Fanny Crosby 



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ROLLED AWAY 

In the chill of early springtime, 
In the shadow and the gloom, 
Came the gentle weeping women, 
Hastening toward their loved One's tomb, 
Stepping softly, stepping swiftly, 
Through the morning twilight gray, 
As they whispered to each other, 
"Who will roll the stone away?" 

As they murmured to each other, 

"Oh, the stone is large and rough; 

It is huge and hard and heavy, 

And we have not strength enough." 

So they came to Joseph's garden, 

At the dawning of the day, 

And they looked, and there before them — 

Lo! the stone was rolled awayl 

Open was the tomb — and empty — 
And an angel kept the door, 
Vision of a shining seraph, 
Who a radiant witness bore; 
"He is risen! Christ is risen! 
Find His followers and say 
That you found the garden empty, 
And the stone was rolled away!" 

There's a stone at every heart's door, 
Made of carelessness and sin, 
And it closes, up the entrance, 
So the light cannot shine in; 
And it yields to nothing mortal; 
But if we believe and pray, 
The Lord will send His angel, 
And He'll roll the stone away. 



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Then His living, loving presence , 
With your spirit shall abide, 
And your life will be transcendent 
And redeemed and sanctified; 
And the splendor of the glory, 
Of the Resurrection Day — 
Will shine in your heart forever, 
When the stone is rolled away! 

— Lorie C. G-ooding 



WHAT CAN FORGIVENESS ACCOMPLISH 

A few years ago two young men with a long history of 
crime and delinquency robbed a YMCA on the lower east 
side of New York City. On the way out they saw a young 
man at a telephone switchboard. They were frightened 
and assumed that he must be calling the police. They 
seized him and beat him savagely with brass knuckles 
and a black jack. Thinking him to be dead, they hid 
him behind a radiator near the swimming pool and es- 
caped. 

Later that evening, Gertrude Ederle, the famous chan- 
nel swimmer, was walking by the pool. She slipped in 
his blood, screamed, and then found Donald Tippet's body. 
He was rushed to the hospital where, for days, he ling- 
ered between life and death. Eventually he lived, but 
one eye was so badly damaged that it could not be saved. 

Meanwhile, the two young men were apprehended and 
brought to trial. Their past records assured that they 
would both get long sentences. However, Donald Tippet 
did an amazing thingr He requested that the judge allow 
the two young men to be paroled in his charge. He 
wanted to give the boys another chance. He believed 
they could change. 

One of the boys blew his opportunity. He committed 
another crime and was caught and sent to jail. The 
other boy, however, was responsive to Tippet 1 s kindness. 
He went to college and then, eventually, to medical 
school. He became one of our nation's leading surgeons. . 



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an eye surgeon. When Everett Palmer wrote of Donald 
Tippet's amazing story of forgiveness and this surgeon's 
accomplishments he said, "I wonder if he ever performs 
one of those delicate operations without thinking of 
that night in the YMCA and the young man whose confid- 
ence and forgiveness changed his life." 

Forgiveness is liberating, both to the forgiven and 
the forgive r. There is no disposition more destructive 
to the emotional and spiritual person than an unfor- 
giving heart. Hurt feelings and anger move from grudge 
to hatred. to retaliation. The human spirit within de- 
mands restitution and revenge. That is why it is im- 
portant to forgive even the smallest things. An unfor- 
giving spirit contaminates every other emotion. 

Most of us are aware of that, particularly if we are 
presently nursing a grudge. The question is "How can I 
learn to forgive?" Let me suggest some things that 
might help. 

1. Restore the Attitude of Love. To love a person is 
to see him as an individual of value, regardless of his 
shortcomings and failures, Forgiveness cannot begin urn- 
til love has been re-extendod to the offender, 

2. Release the Past, Recognize that what is past is, 
in fact, history. What has happened has happened and it 
can never be changed. By refusing to accept that truth 
our futures will be shackled by our past. 

3. Reconstruct the Relationship. This is the real 
work of forgiveness. But, be aware, it is painfuli To 
review the pain of the offense is never easy, but it is 
the way to healing. As we work through pain and anger 
with the other person we learn to trust and surrender our 
animosity, 

4. Reaffirm the Relationship. Celebrate the reconcil- 
iation. Make new commitments to each other or at least 
give each other time to mend and heal. 

Forgiveness is never easy. I am of the opinion that 
it does not come naturally. It is a "learned" capabil- 
ity, and all of us are learners. Seek God's help, Only 
by His power is forgiveness ultimately accomplished. 

— by Gary Hundley from Main Street Monitor 



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TRUE FREEDOM 

Freedom! Freedom! the people cry! 
Liberty we will have or die! 
Don't tread on me, they like to say. 
It's right for me to have my way. 

What is this thing called liberty 
Within which all would like to be? 
To know the truth, true freedom brings. 
Not indulgence, or owning things. 

Freedom does not depend on chance, 
Conditions, or the circumstance. 
Freedom results, when having choice, 
We choose to hear the Saviour's voice; 

To master self, have it controlled, 
In Jesus 1 church to be enrolled, 
To know you're right and not contend, 
But always on the Lord depend. 

— James Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 

BEATITUDES FOR MARRIED COUPLES 

Blessed are the husband and wife who continue to be 
affectionate, considerate, and loving after the wedding 
bells have ceased ringing. 

Blessed are the husband and wife who are as polite and 
courteous to one another as they are to their friends. 

Blessed are they who have a sense of humor, for this 
attribute will be a handy shock absorber. 

Blessed are they who love their mates more than any 
other person in the world, and who joyfully fulfill their 
marriage vow of a lifetime of fidelity and mutual helpful- 
ness to each other. 



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Blessed are they who remember to thank God for their 
food before they partake of it, and who set aside some 
time each day for the reading of the Bible and prayer. 

Blessed are they who attain parenthood, for "children 
are an heritage of the Lord," (Psalm 127:3) 



— Selected by Everett and Nancy Oyler 
New Paris, Indiana 



MEDITATIONS 

INVISIBLE POWER 

Matthew 26:53: "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray 
to my Father, and Fie shall presently give me more than 
twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scrip- 
tures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?' 1 There are 
angels and ministering spirits in control of all the af- 
fairs of this world and the universe • Jesus held the 
angels of the seven churches in His hand while He talked 
with John on Patmos. The centurion realized how the 
spirits were present everywhere, when he told Jesus y if 
He would only speak the word his servant would be healed. 
God's power is the same today. Let us pray that our eyes 
may be opened. 

LITTLE CHILDREN 

Mark 10:14: "Suffer the little children to come unto 
me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of 
God." God created the world to be filled with people , 
and when we think of the billions that have been born 
here and passed on to heaven, it is an innumerable number. 
Hebrews 1:14: "Are they not all ministering spirits, 
sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of 
salvation? These sparks of life have an important place 
in heaven. Psalm 139:14: r, I will praise thee; for I am 
fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; 
and that my soul knoweth right well." Then David tells 



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of the development of our bodies and of the development 
of our souls, which by new birth are fitted to live eter- 
nally in the presence of God. So we see what a great 
potential that spark of life has. It is the gift of God, 

POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE 

Luke 24:3: "And they said one to another, Did not our 
hearts burn within us while he talked with us by the way, 
and while he opened unto us the scriptures?" Science has 
developed instruments sensitive enough to register that 
there is a positive charge of electricity in the brain 
when we are thinking of holy, right things; and a neg- 
ative charge when we are angry and abusive and profane. 
So we see that God has a very active part in our thinking 
and talking. No doubt it is all recorded. 

FERVENT CHARITY 

I Peter 4; 8: "And above all things have fervent char- 
ity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multi- 
tude of sins." The natural man despises those that show 
weakness, but the Lord said that in weakness was His 
strength made perfect. So we have to work and be act ire 
in a very fervent charity to maintain peace in the church. 
Many churches have followed the natural carnal desire to 
seek authority, which Jesus forbad. I believe the use of 
the word "fervent" shows how very important it is to let 
charity be the spirit in control of all our Christian 
lives. This word is only used to describe climactic 
events, in this case, wholehearted striving for peace 
and love to all. Hebrews 12:14: "Follow peace with all 
men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the 
Lord." 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 

Not what we get, but what we give, 
measures the worth of the life we live. 

— Selected 



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HISTORICAL 
CUR FIRST BOOK 

For our first widely read aid generally accepted book 
the Brethren are indebted to Peter Kead. There were sev- 
eral pamphlets dealing with the claims of the church be- 
fore Brother Mead appeared upon the scene , but none of 
them became standard publications • The most valuable 
treatise, "Rites and Ordinances of the House of God/' 
in the form of questions and answers by Alexander Mack, 
was published in Germany shortly after the church was 
organized at Schwarzenau. Later there were added to the 
pamphlet answers to a number of "Ground Searching Ques- 
tions," and the whole thing finally republished in Amer- 
ica both in English and German* A number of editions 
were Issued, but the pamphlet, eighty-nine pages, never 
became popular. Still, in a very creditable way, it 
proved helpful in. unifying the Brethren along doctrinal 
lines. 

It, however, remained for Elder Peter K'ead to give to 
the Brotherhood her first doctrinal book of special merit. 
For his day, and the greater part of his generation, he 
was a widely known and a well beloved typical Dunkard 
preacher. He was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, January 
7, 1796, just sixteen years after Elder George Wolfe came 
into the world, and while Alexander Mack, Jr., was yet 
living. His parents, Lutherans, were well-to-do slave 
owners, and saw to it that Peter, and the other children, 
got what was then considered a good education. His 
grandfather offered to be at the expense of further edu- 
cating and fitting him for the Lutheran ministry. This 
did not appeal to him. His father being a tanner, Peter 
learned the trade and later engaged in the business for 
himself. 

When not far from twenty years old it would seem, he 
became religiously impressed, joined the Methodist Church, 
was made a class leader with permission to do some preach- 
ing. Not altogether satisfied with the doctrine held by 
this church he, in the course of a few years, started 
out along independent lines, and was recognised as a 



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preacher without special denominational affiliations, 
all the while looking for a religious body whose 
tenets were in perfect keeping with the demands of the 
New Testament. While thus seeking for further light 
something happened. There lived near Harrisonburg, 
Rockingham County, Va #> Elder Benjamin Bowman, a well 
informed preacher, oossibly fairly well educated, who 
wrote a pamphlet in German in which he discussed with 
ability some of the outstanding doctrines and claims 
of the Church of the Brethren, Prior to the appearance 
of this pamphlet Peter Bowman, of the same county, had 
in 1817 published a German treatise on baptism. Even 
before this, doctrinal pamphlets had doubtless been 
published and widely distributed # We do not know the 
exact date of the publication of Elder Bowman's pamph- 
let, but it was probably about 1823, only a few years 
after he was chosen to the ministry and began preaching. 
At any rate a copy of this German pamphlet fell into 
the hands of Peter Nead, who read German as well as 
English* He became thoroughly interested in the way 
the author treated New Testament doctrines, and imme- 
diately proceeded to look up the Brethren. He attended 
one of their love feasts and there saw observed the 
institutions over which he had frequently pondered, 
and about which he had done sorpe preaching. As an 
independent preacher he was not long in offering him- 
self for membership and was duly baptized, being re- 
ceived into the church as a private member, but per- 
mitted to fill his outstanding appointments for 
preaching. 

Soon after uniting with the church he formed the 
acauaintance of Elizabeth Yount, daughter of Brother 
Benjamin Yount of Rockingham County, Va. They were 
married December 20, 1825, and at once settled on the 
Yount homestead, occupying the house now owned and 
occupied by Elder D.H. Zigler of Broadway. For a 
living Brother Nead carried on the tanning business. 
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1827, he was called to the ministry and became so 
greatly pleased with the principles held by the church 
that he devoted all his spare time to a careful study 
of these principles as they were clearly set forth in 
the New Testament. He was blessed with a splendid 
intellect, a fine memory, and from the time he had begun 
preaching for the Methodists had accustomed himself to 
systematic study. In fact he reduced everything he did 
to a system in study as well as in business. Around 
his home, in the tanning yard, on the farm and even in 
his preaching and church activities, everything moved 
off like clock work. At three o'clock each morning he 
left his bed, ate a bit of dry bread, walked around the 
room a few minutes, and then buckled down to reading, 
study, writing or committing scripture to memory until 
breakfast at six o'clock. Fie worked steadily during the 
day, spent the evening with his family and retired early 

For a man of his profession, systematic methods and 
steady habits in life, he had married a typical women. 
She was from a fine Dunkard family, born in Lancaster 
County, Pa., and thoroughly established in the prin- 
ciples of her church. She was a woman of splendid 
poise, strong in body and mind, as well as in faith, 
knew how to regulate the affairs of her home, and how 
to adjust herself to the strenuous habits of a man, who 
as a minister of the gospel and a writer, meant to do 
his beste It is not every woman who would consent for 
her husband to leave his bed at three o'clock in the 
morning, or at four either, in order that he might be- 
come the more efficient as a worker. But that, is just 
what Sister Mead did, and for what he accomplished she 
deserves some of the credit. At the time of their mar- 
riage she was thirty-eight years old, while her husband 
was twenty-nine. This was quite an unusual difference. 
But both were surely old enough to understand what they 
were doing. Of Brother Nead it may very properly be 
said that he was well born, well converted, and well 
married, (to be continued) 

From So me Brethren Pathfinders 
By Elder J.H. Moore 



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COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Spring Love feast, the 
Lord willing, at Salida on May 5 and 6. We sincerely 
welcome all to come and be with us at this time of 

communion and revival. 

— Joseph L. Cover 



ANNUAL MEETING 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on June 1^2, and 3 
at the meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. Friday 
will be council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost) 
will be for public preaching; and Saturday evening will 
be for the Communion service. A hearty invitation is 
extended to all of our brethren, sisters, and friends 

to attend. 

— Melvin Coning 



BIRTH 

COVER - A son, Matthew Ryan, born April 1 to Jerry and 
Martha Cover of Tuolumne, California. 



ADDRESS CHANGE 

Susie Wagner English Oaks Convalescent 

2633 W. Rumble Rd. 
Modesto, California 95350 



"What though the path be all unknown? 

What though the way be drear? 
Its shades I traverse not alone 

When steps of Thine are near." 

— Selected 



FOR YOUTH 
THE LORD'S OMNISCIENCE 

The Lord has searched and seen me through. 
He knows my thoughts, my words, my ways. 
His path I know and I'll pursue 
With Him by me, my guide and stay. 

Oh, Lord, how weak and frail I am — 
How high such knowledge seems to me! 
Where e'er I go on sea or land 
I am surrounded still by Thee. 

He made me and I am His own. 

He knew me long before I knew* 

To me the path of truth He's shown, 

And He it is who'll guide me through. 

Thy many thoughts, how great the sum — 
How precious do they seem to me! 
If I should count them, Lord they'd be 
More than the sand beside the sea! 

Search me, Oh God, and know my heart. 
Bid all my stubborn will subdue. 
All sin and selfish pride depart, 
So that I might Thy will pursue. 

—Wanda Hilty 

New Madison, Ohio 

_^___ 

The final test of love is obedience. Not sweet emo- 
tions, not willingness to sacrifice, not zeal, but obe- 
dience to the commandments of Christ. Our Lord drew a 
line plain and tight for everyone to see. On one side 
He placed those who keep His commandments and said, 
"These love Me." On the other side He put those who 
keep not His sayings, and said, "These love Me not." 

—from That Incredible Christian by A.W. Toser 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
HE IS RISEN 

What is more refreshing after the long winter months, 
than to see the flowers blooming along the way? Every 
spring God is reminding us of a special event that hap- 
pened almost two thousand years ago. There was a MAN 
that lived on the earth who made sad people happy, 
raised the dead to life again, opened the blind eyes, 
and healed the broken-hearted. One time there was a 
group of five thousand people following HDL They were 
hungry; Jesus fed them all with two small fishes and 
five loaves of bread. What a precious friend to have. 
Everyone that knew HIM was happy, especially the little 
children. They loved to be in HIS presence. The kings 
and rulers of the land were jealous; they wanted to 
kill this FRIEND OF FRIENDS. After stirring up the 
people, they nailed Jesus to the cross. Always remem- 
ber that the soldiers didn't take Jesus' life, HE GAVE 
IT , Now HIS closest friends thox$it there would be no 
more happy days. Their SUNSHINE was darkened. Even 
the flowers failed to cheer them up. Can't we be thank- 
ful that God had further plans? The third day after 
Jesus was crucified, HIS disciples were told HE had 
risen. They ran to see for themselves. When they got 
there an angel told them HE had risen indeed. Can't 
you just imagine them running back and telling the 
GOOD NEWS to those that loved HIM? Now they could see 
the SUNSHINE , and the flowers were blooming again. 

Every spring God is reminding us of the events of 
HIS SON. Now HE was crucified (winter) and again 
arose (spring.) In the winter month everything is bare 
and lifeless, like they were when Jesus was in the tomb. 
Because HE ariose, we do not need to have any dark and 
cheerless days. Thank you, Jesus, for the flowers. 

— Everett Oyler 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2: u 



HOLY SPIRIT, COME , 

We believe, God, our Father, 
Thou in condescending grace, 
Hast the human heart created 
For the Spirit's dwelling place; 
Nothing else can fill the longing, 
Nothing else can satisfy, 
Till He comes in all His fulness, 
And the temple occupy. 

First we came to Thee, Father, 
Dead in trespasses and sin, 
Thou in love and great compassion 
Opened Thine arms, and took us in; 
Nov/ we would present our bodies 
As a living sacrifice; 
This our reasonable service, 
And the altar sanctify. 

Come vie then with hearts surrendered 
And abandoned to Thy will, 
Pleading that the Holy Spirit 
May our every bosom fill; 
Cleanse us now and wholly save us 
From the power of guilt and sin, 
Then in all Thy glorious fulness, 
Take up Thine abode within. 

—Mrs. C.H. Morris 



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PEACEFUL PENTECOST 

It is not just coincidence that the Annual Meetings 
of the Brethren are on Pentecost. The council recounted 
in Acts 15 is also spoken of, but the time is Pentecost, 
The church was ?t born' ! on this great day of history, and 
may it be in this same spirit that the Brethren assemble 
for their time of fellowship and conference. 

What was that spirit that prevailed on that great 
dsy of power and progress for the church? Romans 8:16 
says, "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, 
that we are the childi*en of God." On that day the Holy 
Spirit descended in power and glory to change and ins 
spire those first disciples for their tasks which lay 
ahead. What was the spirit; what was the attitude which 
prepared them for such an outpouring there? In what way 
had they made ready for God to work in their hearts and 
lives? 

For one thing, those disciples had the spirit of sub- 
mission. They had rot assembled to instruct but to be 
instructed. Jesus had told them to "wait for the promise 
of the Father which ye have heard of me*" Jesus had told 
them many things before, some of which they had not un- 
derstood. and perhaps did not ouite believe! They had 
been mistaken in their concepts of Jesus 1 mission and 
methods. Mow they were ready to hear and be taught. 

How many times when we come together for decisions of 
any kind do we come with our minds made up! How often 
we wish to tell and teach when we should be willing to 
listen and be taught! I don't mean we should be empty 
and neutral and have no opinion. But a council or con- 
ference—especially in the body of Christ — is not to in- 
sist on a certain course or action. It is a reasoning 
together, a waiting on one another, and especially a 
waiting on the Lord* We need to unitedly seek God's 
will, and He has promised His guidance. The Word should 
be foremost in our thinking, for God has already given 
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decided in the Word, we can expect some sort of poor 
results. 

This submission to the Lord and to one another is 
a discipline we all need. If we wish to act as sep- 
arate individuals , we can make our decisions without 
considering others. But if we are members of the body 
of Christ, we must be sensitive to the views of our 
brethren and sisters. If this spirit prevails in us, 
we can expect God's Holy Spirit to direct us. 

I once asked a Japanese pastor, who was visiting in 
this area and who had become acquainted with some of 
the Brethren, what his message would be to our people 
if he spoke to us. He replied, Surrender.* 1 I felt 
immediately that this was certainly one of our needs. 
We need to surrender first of all to God. Jesus said, 
"I am the vine, ye are the branches." He also said, 
"Ye call me Master and Lord, and ye say well; fo^ so I 
am." We also must surrender to one another, Jesus 
told His disciples, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise 
lordship over them; and they that excercise authority 
upon t,hem are called benefactors. But ye shall not be 
so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as 
the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth 
serve." (Luke 22:25,26) 

In the Acts 15 council it Is recorded that there 
was "much disputing." Some came to that council with 
their minds made up in the ong way and so there was 
conflict. Perhaps it was necessary. Certainly wrong 
must be opposed. Mistakes must be pointed out. They 
evidently did it in the right spirit because when the 
decision was reached, they wrote to the Gentile Chris- 
tians, "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to 
us..." 

Today we meet on different conditions. We haven't 
the authority to make a decision of the magnitude that 
they made. Their decision became part of the Word of 
God and we must follow it today. Our problems and de- 
cisions must be within the outline of God's Word— how 
we will apply and obey it. Our decisions can be changed 
We need to acknowledge that these lesser decisions of 



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the past were made in a particular setting and may not 
apply to us today in precisely the same way* This does 
not mean that we cannot learn from them and respect them. 

Another characteristic of those on that Pentecost Day 
was unity, "They were all with one accord in one place* n 
This does not just happen. Being yielded to God's Spirit 
brings harmony, unity, and peace. Unity does not come 
by expecting each other to change to our opinions. But 
the closer we get to Jesus and the more like Him we be- 
come, the more united we will be with one another. We 
do not have to be alike to be in harmony. In fact, our 
small differences can be helpful to us if we are in the 
spirit of submission. 

On that day they "continued with one accord in prayer 
and supplication." It would be interesting to hear what 
they were praying, I believe it would certainly include 
the reouest that the will of God be made known. Our 
prayers can be that we might be useful parts of God's 
Kingdom on earth. 

If our spirit is good x^hen we come together, we will 
be seeking how we can encourare one another in the faith. 
We will be seeking new ways to carry out God's Word in 
our lives. We must not add to God's Word. Perhaps we 
could say that we do not need more rules, but only more 
willingness to obey the ones God has given. 

Finally, the spirit of Pentecost was one of expectancy. 
We too can expect God to continue to pour out His spirit 
on the believers. He "acts" in the world today. May 
we be willing and faithful instruments of His Spirit. 

Pentecostal peac^ and power, 
Guide us in this day and hour; 
As we meet in one accord, 
Help us cousel in the Lord. 

Bless the Brethren as we meet, 
As we sit at Jesus' feet; 
Bless, God, the Word vie preach; 
Fill us as we pray and teach. 



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Keep from worldly ways and wiles; 
We want no part of Satan's smiles. 
Guide the words, the thoughts, the deeds; 
Help us sow the Gospel's seeds • 

Kay the counsels of the day 
Encourage one and all, we pray, 
That we all with joy and grace 
In Thy Spirit run the race. 

Holy Spirit, consecrate, 

Pit each soul, anew create 

Us for service, any place 

That we soon may see Thy face* — L.C. 



THE HOLY SPIRIT'S MISSION 

Jesus, in trying to vindicate Himself to the world 
as to who He was and the purpose of His coming, once 
asked the question, "Whom do men say that I, the Son 
of Man am? {1 

There was, no doubt, lots of speculation as to who 
He was. Quite likely His disciples were often con- 
fronted with this question. Even they nlky have had 
different opinions of who He might be, so they related 
to Him what they were hearing: "Some say that Thou art 
John the Baptist; some Elias; and others, Jeremias, or 
one of the prophets." By this we see that there were 
many opinions of who He was. 

Then Jesus asked the all-important question: "But 
whom say ye that I am?" This will be asked of every 
soul that ever lived. The correct answer came from 
SLmon Peter: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the 
living God # " Jesus answered "Blessed art thou, Simon 
Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto 
thee, but my Father which is in heaven." Then He adds, 
"Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my 



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church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against 
it, And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom 
of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth 
shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt 
loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. !r 

This promise to the church is of utmost importance 
based on the condition it was given. The reason Peter 
could rive the correct answer was because it came from 
the true source. For the church to fulfill this pro- 
phecy it artist continue in this relationship with God. 

Jesus, In addressing Peter, plainly stated that 
flesh and blood didn't answer this question. Only 
through the Spirit can we find the answer. In light 
of this we must acknowledge the hindrance of the flesh. 
Paul felt this keenly as he often refrrred to it. 
Philippians 3:8: ri Yea doubtless, and I count all things 
but loss for the excellenc3r of the knowledge of Christ 
Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of 
all things, and do count them but dun.?;, that I may win 
Christ." Romans 7:1B: ".For I know that in me (that 
Is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. .. "Romans B:8: 
"So then they that are in the flesh cannot please Hod." 
We see by these Scriptures that for God's will to be 
known in. the church, the flesh must be crucified with 
the affections and lusts. Even our godly heritage will 
not save us* T Peter 1:18: "Forasmuch as ye know that 
ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver 
and gold, from your vain conversation recieved by tra- 
dition from your fathers..." 

Flesh and blood can assist one another to know God, 
but not until we are joined to Him by the Spirit can 
we reveal His will to the church. 

"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the 
truth t>~o ugh the Spiri t unto unfeigned love of the 
brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure 
heart fervently." (I Peter 1:22) 

"Now therefore ye are no more strangers and for- 
eigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the 
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the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being 
the chief cornerstone; In whom all the building fitly 
framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the lord: 
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation 
of God through the Spirit ," (Ephesians 2:19-22) 

As the anniversary of the Holy Spirit is before us ; 
nay our minds be refreshed to the need of knowing the 
beauty and rxwer of the same« And may we all qualify 
for His presence in the church. 

And we are his witm ;ses of these things; and so is 
also the Holy Ghost, whom ...-od hath riven to them that 
obey him , (Acts 5? 32) 

— Kenneth I 'art in 
N a ppane e , Ind iana 

MEDITATIONS 

TEARS 
Tears seem to be a cleansing process in our bodies. 
When an object gets in our eyes, tears flow to wash it 
out. Even so, the heart seems to relieve stress by that 
means- When we feel strong emotions, it causes tears, 
especially when it concerns our main interests. Some 
examples are when Joseph was reunited with his brothers, 
when Jacob and Esau met after Jacob 1 s absence, and when 
Jesus raised Lazarus to life. Psalm 126:5: "They that 
sow in tears shall reap in joy.' 1 So we understand tears 
are needed at times in our lives. 

ARK WE WILLING TO HEAR? 

John 8:47: "He that is of God heareth God's words.." 
Jesus one time told His disciples to let His sayings sink 
down in their ears. So it seems our minds either re- 
ceive or reject what we hear, so if we love truth, we 
will hear it, and reject evil. What we love is stored 
in our hearts. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



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OBITUARIES 

LAVAUN IRENE BROVONT, daughter of Paul and Cosy 
Meador, was born November 1, 1920, in Howard Co., 
Indiana. She departed this life at her home near Cam- 
den, Indiana, on April 9, 1990, at the age of 69 years, 
5 months, and 8 days. 

She received Christian baptism into the Old German 
Baptist Brethren Church at IJhittier, California, on 
June 15, 1937 • She was united in marriage with Chester 
L. Brovont on October 19, 1941, and they shared U9 
years together. To this union were born three daughters, 

She had v <een in ill health for several years.* She 
was diagnosed as having Lou Gehrig disease. She passed 
away peacefully, Monday evening, April 9, 1990. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 brother, 
Joseph; 2 sisters, Bethel and Joyce Ann; and I grand- 
son, Scott. 

Surviving are her companion; 3 daughters, Brenda 
Flora and husband Dave, Linda Oeiser and husband Duane, 
and Nancy Oyier and husband Everett;. 6 grandchildren; 
3 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Duane Meador and. 
wife, Lois, and Ivan Meador and wife Clara; 1 sister, 
Barbara Royer and husband Raymond; and many other rela- 
tives and friends. 

Parting is painful and we will miss her, but we 
would not wish to keep her from eternal rest. 

—The Family 



MARY ELIZABETH (MOSS, SHULER) JAMISON was born Sep- 
tember 7, 1923, near Fey, Ohio, to Loring I. and Ota 
Shid&ler Moss, the ninth of ten children. She was bap- 
tised October 28, 193$, into the Dunkard Brethren Church, 
In 1957 she joined fellowship with the Old German Bap- 
tist Brethren Church to which she remained faithful 
until death. 

In 1957 she was married to S. Ethie Staler of Modesto, 
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who with his wife Kathy and stepson Joshua , survive, 
residing in Georgia. Upon the death of her husband on 
December 5> 1963, she and her son moved to Greenville, 
Ohio, and resided with her sister Elma Moss. 

On July 9> 1978, she was married to Charlie Jamison 
in the Painter Creek Ohio District, and he survives her. 
The blessings of this union were great as she grew close 
and became loved by this family. Her stepsons, step- 
daughter, their spouses, and children became a focus of 
her attention. 

In the early 1950 f s she was employed in the dietary 
department at Wayne Hospital, Upon her return to Green- 
ville, she was affiliated with Rest Haven Nursing Home 
until her death. Her chief concern was for her family 
and for the care of the residents at the nursing home. 
She also gave many volunteer hours for the "Meals on 
Wheels" program In Greenville. She was always ready 
and willing to give a helping hand where ever she could. 

On April 22, 1990, she was rushed to Wayne Hospital 
around noon and immediately admitted. Her son arrived 
from Georgia, and that evening her request for annoint- 
ing was respected. On April 23 at 4:20 a.m. she peace- 
fully made her departure from this body surrounded by 
family. Though her health was falling, her death was 
sudden and unexpected, ending her sojourn on this earth 
at the age of 66 years, 7 months, and 16 days. 

She is survived by her husband Charlie; son Owen and 
his wife Kathy; 3 stepsons, Virgil, Verlin, and Donald 
Jamison and their companions; one stepdaughter, Karen 
Gar be r and companion; 15 step grandchildren; 23 step 
great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Mrs. Reuben Rupp (Mable), 
Bryan, Ohio, and Elma Moss, Greenville, Ohio. Also sur- 
viving are brothers-in-law, Reuben Rupp and Ray Reed; 
sisters-in-law, Beulah Reed and Donna Moss; 24 neices 
and nephews; and numerous great neices and nephews. 
Also surviving are 4 step sisters: Hazel Weaver, Green- 
ville, Ohio; Charlotte Frick, New Madison, Ohio; Ida 
Keeny and Arvilla Keeny, of Pennsylvania; and 2 step- 
brothers: Albert Weaver, Pennsylvania, and Delbert 



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Weaver, Castine, Ohio* 

Preceding her in death were her parents; 4 brothers: 
Fidsoti, Paul, Aaron, and David; 3 sisters: Ethel Moss, 
Grace Rover, and Ellen Reed. Also preceding her in death 
were one step great grandson Curtis Denlinger and her 
step mother Viola Weaver Moss. 

A short service \ws held at r; '.echar Bailey Funeral 
Home at 9:00 a.m., and then 10:00 a.m. sei^vices were 
held at Painter Greek Old German Baptist Brethren Church 
with burial in the nearby Mote Cemetery. Services were 
conducted by Brethren Robert Garber, Henry Garber, and 
Galen Flory. At 4:00 p.m* On Wednesday, April 25, a 
short Memorial Service was held at Rest Haven Nursing 
Home for the residents, by the home's Chaplain Fred Isch. 

Mary will Ion/? be remembered by many whose lives she 
has touched. 

She was more than a sister, she was my best friend. 

The childhood scuabbles were ouickly forgotten and she 
was the one who encouraged me to step forward and be bap- 
tized when we started our walk with the Lord more than 
fifty years age. 

She was more than a sister, she was my test friend who 
understood me most. 

She was always ready to listen, my confidant who could 
be trusted to never tell others the secrets we shared. 

Working together for many years, she seemed to always 
be there encouraging me in my endeavors, keeping things 
going that I might accomplish other things. 

Sharing her son with me for many years, and always 
helping with other young folks, that my friends became 
her freinds. 

Vlay vie walk together some day in ^lory. 

She was more than a sister, she was my best friend. 

— Elma Moss 

Greenville, Ohio 



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HISTORICAL 

OUH FIRST BOOK (continued) 

In the part of the state where the Nead. family 
lived most of the Brethren preaching was in German, 
and at the same time there was a steady, growing demand 
for English services. This gave Brother Mead a fine 
opening for his splendid ability. Fie did not have to 
learn to preach. He had years of training in the pul- 
pit i ' he came to the Brethren, and for them 
preached we 13 from the start. He had a clear, strong 
voice, kept it wej -. nand, and before the public 
made an excellent impression- . As a minister he seemed 
perfectly at home before an audience, had his matter 
well and even systematically arranged, speaking with- 
out notes, and for appropriate scriptural quotations 
seemed to have the whole Bible at his command. In a 
religious service he was always reverent, interesting, 
entertaining, and instructive. He lived like a preacher, 
behaved like a preacher and looked like a preacher. He 
carried his clocklike system and regularity into his 
church services, and with him services always began on 
the dot re ai Less of the number present. 

He probably read all the Brethren literature he 
could get hold of, practically all of It being in pam- 
phlet form, and in German. He at once saw the necessity 
for something clear, logical and systematic for the 
benefit of the English reader. With this In view he 
brought out his first book, "Primitive Christianity/' 
138 rages, in 18.33, in which he treated about twenty 
subjects, the distinctive doctrinal claims of the 
church. The work was printed in Staunton, Virginia, 
bound in leather, was widely read, greatly appreciated 
and made a splendid Impression on the minds of the 
English readers, It was our first book In defense of 
the faith and practice of the Brethren. Peter lead 
was at this time thirty-seven years old, and with the 
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Beginning with 1840 he moved a time or two, and in 
1845 while living in Botetourt County, Virginia, pub- 
lished a large pamphlet, 131 pages, in which he ably 
treated baptism for the remission of sins, the faith 
alone doctrine and other subjects. In the pamphlet was 
also an essay by Elder John Kline on the Lord's Supper. 
Three years later, 1848, he moved to Ohio, and finally 
settled on a farm, partly donated to him, nine miles 
northwest of Dayton, where he spent the remaining years 
of his long, useful and active life. 

In 1850 he brought together the two publications 
mentioned above, added sixty-seven pages, and in this 
way made up his book since known as "Nead f s Theological 
Works," all told 472 pages. The pages were stereotyped, 
the book well bound, a large edition printed and when 
placed on the market was well received, widely distrib- 
uted and regarded as the best and most satisfactory 
vindication of Brethren church principles ever published. 
It easily became a standard work among us, and did much 
to stabilize and unify the membership in every part of 
the Brotherhood. 

The Brethren never had a book, before or since, that 
was the means of converting and bringing more people 
into the church. The illustrations were a bit crude, 
as compared with the way we now value pictures, and 
yet they made decidedly helpful and lasting impressions 
on the generation for which they were intended. It 
was quite common to find a few copies of "Nead's 
Theology," as the took was generally called, in all the 
Brethren settlements, east and west, and when a stranger 
became interested in the Brethren it was thought that 
the right thing to do was to lend him a copy of Mead's 
book to read. The language was not as polished as 
that employed in the best of our more recent publica- 
tions, and yet in the writing of the book Elder Nead 
did for the Church of the Brethren and his generation 
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Those converted by reading the book, and there were 
hundreds of them, usually continued steadfastly in 
the faith and practice of the Brethren. In polish, 
fine diction and scholarship our best writers easily 
excel Mead, but their printed pages do not captivate 
and grip as did his. It might be good if the younger 
generation would take a few days off and read what was 
once the gripping force that so thoroughly anchored 
most of our early church leaders* 

Elder Mead did considerable other writing, served 
twelve times on the Standing Committee, did much 
preaching, was a splendid presiding elder, lived a 
typical Christian life, and was for years the most be- 
loved and highly respected Brethren minister In his 
state District. March 16, 1877, at the age of eighty- 
one, he passed into the great eternity about which he 
so often discoursed in his sermons. At a meeting a few 
weeks before he died, he announced that this might be 
the last time his people would ever hear his voice. 
During the late afternoon of his life he did not find 
himself in full accord with some of the pending activ- 
ities of the church. His convictions once thoroughly 
established accepted few changes. But taking his life 
as a whole, the devotion he gave to the truth, and the 
literary and doctrinal aid he rendered to the church, 
just at the time his service was needed/ 'it is safe to 
say that no minister among us ever exerted a greater 
influence for good. His one book, Head's Theology, . was 
a master stroke in holding us together in solid form 
along distinctive doctrinal lines. 



From Some Brethren Pathfinders 
*By Elder J.H. Moore 



KINDNESS 

I have wept in the night For the shortness of sight 

That to somebody 1 s need I was blind; 

But I never have yet Felt a tinge of regret 

For being a little too kind. 



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ANNUAL MEETING 

The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held this year, the Lord willing, on June 1,2., and 3 
at the meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana* Friday 
will be council day; Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost) 
will be for public preaching; and Saturday evening will 
be for the Communion service. A hearty invitation is 
extended to all of our brethren, sisters, and friends 
to attend. 

— Melvin Coning 

BAPTISM 

We of the California congregation were happy to have 
Bart and Annalee Taylor unite with us by Christian bap- 
tism on Saturday, May 5. May they faithfully serve our 
Savior all their lives. 

— Joseph L. Cover 



WHO? 

Who was the first mother'?* (Genesis 3:20) 

Who was the ''mother of nations 11 ? (Genesis 17:15-16) 

Who was the mother of twins? (Genesis 25:21-26) 

Who laid her baby in a basket and took it down to the 

river? (Exodus 6:20) 
Who was John the Baptist's mother? (Luke 1: 57-60 j 
Who was Christ's mother- 1 ' Blessed among women' 1 ? 

(Luke 1:28-31) 
Who was the first Christian convert in Europe? 

(Acts 16:14-15) ■ 
Who greatly helped her husband with Paul's mission work 

(Acts 18:18,24-26) 
Who was the first to see Jesus after he arose from the 

dead? (Mark 16: 9) 
Who served God in the temple continually and then was 

the first to acclaim Christ when his mother brought 

him to the temple? (Luke 2:36-38) 

— Vera Overholt 



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FDR YOUTH 
THE REFINER T S FIRE 

He sat by a fire of seven-fold heat, 
As He watched by the precious ore, 

And closer He bent with a searching gaze 
As He heated it more and more. 

He knew He had ore that could stand the test, 

And He wanted the finest gold 
To mold as a crown for the King to wear. 

Set with gems with a price untold. 

So He laid our gold in the burning fire, 
Though we fain would have said Him "Nay/ 1 

And Fie watched the dross that we had. not seen, 
And it melted and passed away. 

And the gold grew brighter and yet more bright; 

But our eyes were so dim with tears, 
We sa,w but the fire — not the Master f s hand — 

And questioned with anxious fears. 

Yet our gold shone out with a richer glow. 

As it mirrored a Form above 
That bent o'er the fire, though unseen by us, 

With a look of ineffable love. 

Can we think that it pleased His loving heart 

To cause us a moment's pain? 
Ah, no I but He saw through the present cross 
The bliss of eternal gain. 

So He waited there with a watchful eye, 
With a love that is strong and sure, 

And His gold did not suffer a bit more heat 
Than was needed to make it pure. 

(Anonymous) 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
■LUTED UP 

The middle of May is Mother's Day. The middle of Jv.ne 
is Father's Day. Let's call today Parent's Day. Some 
time ago I saw a Parent's Day card that read, "1/hen I was 
young, you lifted me up so I could see. Now I am older, 
you still lift me up so I can see." Jesus tells us to 
£ive honor where honor is due. So children, let's honor 
our parents, not only today, but every day. When we are 
youn,rr, our parents need to hold us up to see many times • 
At hapti&ings the children need to be held up so they can 
see. At funerals, when viewing the body, children need 
to be held up s6 they can see. You understand this, but 
do you know that Christian parents lift up their children 
several times a day? Mien we go to church we are all 
lifted up so we can see more clearly. What is it that 
we can see better? More of Jesus* I trust it can be 
said of your parents as the Lord said of Abraham. "For 
I know him, that he will command his children and his 
household after him, and they shall keep the way of the 
Lord. "(Genesis 18:19) If you have parents like this, and. 
you follow their example till death, you will have a 
heavenly home* 

One time Jesus was talking to some of His followers, 
and Be was taken up into Heaven. He was lifted up. Re- 
member, the lifting up that your parents do now, if you 
are obedient, will prepare you for this flight into space. 
Won't it be wonderful to join hand in hand with all our 
loved ones and sail into space to the Glory World. 

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' 'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 



THE GRACE OF CHRISTIAN LOVE 

How sweet, how heavenly is the sight, 
When those who love the Lord 

In one another 's peace delight, 
And thus fulfill his word: 

When each can feel his brother's sigh, 

And with hijn bear a part; 
When sorrow flows from eye to eye, 

And joy from heart to heart; 

When free from envy, scorn, and pride, 

Our wishes all above, 
Each can his brother's failings -hide, 

And show a brother's love: 

When love in one delightful stream 

Through every bosom flows, 
And union sweet, and dear esteem, 

In every action glows! 

Love is the golden chain that binds 

The happy souls above; 
And he's an heir of heaven that finds 

His bosom glow with love, 

— Selected 



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TO THE RESCUE 

During the night the picture appeared to me. I had 
been working on our house putting new roofing over the 
20 year old shingles that were showing wear. Suddenly, 
in my dream, I slipped over the high end and dangled 30 
feet above the ground . I had managed to grasp the edge 
of the eaves but could not pull myself up again. My 
hold was poor, and to fall was certain if I did not re- 
ceive help immediately, My wife could not handle our 
ladder and even if she could, it would not reach the place 
where I dangled. Relief flooded me as I realized that 
this was oal/y in my mind. It could happen but it didn't. 
Why such thoughts? 

It seemed that God was showing me what actually is 
happening. I thought of the people around us who do not 
know and believe the truth — who have slipped and are 
headed for certain loss and destruction. All have sinned. 
We have been there too, clinging vainly to excuses or 
"good works" or false hopes but with certain destruction 
ahead . 

Where are those with the ladder? Salvation is adequate. 
Jesus is able. The ladder i_s long enough. But where are 
we? For years now we have been entangled in controversy. 
Satan somehow succeeds in sowing strife among God's peo- 
ple* We are not the only ones. It is the strategy he 
seems to be using in many communities. He is skilled at 
making little things look big and important things look 
small . 

As we become involved in controversy, our vision of 
the real mission of the church grows dim. We waste val- 
uable time. Our efforts, our energy, our prayers, our 
total service becomes channeled away from the needy around 
us, and we become ingrown and unhealthy. 

What is that real mission of the church? Jesus gave 
the church His commission. "Go ye into all the world, 
and preach the gospel to every creature." He also told 
His disciples, "Thus it is written, and thus it behoved 
Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third 
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be preached In his name among all nations, beginning 
at Jerusalem* And ye are witnesses of these things , n 
The mission of the Church is to give out the Gospel. 
We are witnesses for Christ. 

Paul knew the dangers of becoming distracted from 
this mission. He wrote , "Follow peace with all men, and 
holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord; Look- 
ing diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; 
lest any root of betterness springing up trouble you, 
and thereby many be defiled. " This is very real danger, 
not only to those outside but also to those involved in 
strife and bitterness. The young people and children 
especially can be defiled. 

On the highway we see many types of vehicles — small 
cars, large cars, trucks, vans, emergency vehicles. 
Imagine this road to be the stream of life with the cars 
and trucks the various institutions and people traveling 
toward their destinies. Which vehicles would compare 
best to the church and Christian people? Would it be 
those loaded with camping gear off for a vacation? 
Would it be the commercial vehicles so necessary to . 
prosperity and business? Would it be the police cars 
who see that drivers obey the laws? Would it be the 
fine limo sines carrying those in high style to their 
parties? Would it not rather be the ambulances that 
rush to help the casualties and accidents on this road 
of life? 

Perhaps we fail to see the church as an emergency 
institution, rushing in with the ladder— rescuing the 
lost. Consider Scriptures like these: "And of some 
have compassion, making a difference: And others save 
with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the 
garment spotted by the flesh." (Jude 22,23) (You can 
almost hear the sirens and see the red lights and work- 
ers pilling a drank from a burning car.) "Brethren, if 
any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from 
the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and 
shall hide a multitude of sins." (James 5:19*20) 
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Ions to minister to the needy, visit the sick and the 
prisoners, and feed the hungry would also bear out this 
part of the church's mission. So would Peter's sermon 
on Pentecost. 

Ambulances need to be maintained and serviced regularly. 
The paramedics driving those ambulances need training. 
They also need a sense of the urgency of their jobs. They 
must hurry to the accident scenes, or they may be too late 
to help. Lives are at stake. Is the church anything like 
this? Is there any urgency — any need for special train- 
ing and sense of the importance of the task? Any need to 
hurry? 

I believe we do need some of this sense of the urgency 
of our time. Time is running out. Isaiah had the com- 
mission to be an "ambulance" to his people. Isaiah 6:8: 
"Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall 
I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I: 
send me." God told Isaiah to impress the people with 
their condition and their needs, Isaiah then asked God 
how long he should keep on. (Verses 11 and 12) "Then 
said I, Lord how long? And he answered, Until the cities 
be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, 
and the land be utterly desolate, And the Lord have re- 
moved men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the 
midst of the land." There was calamity ahead for Judah, 
and Isaiah was to minister as long as there were any left 
to warn and rescue. 

So is the church ! s message not only urgent but it is 
necessary as long as there are people. Jesus said to 
"preach the gospel to every creature ". He said to baptize 
them "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost." He said to teach them "whatsoever I 
have commanded vou." And He promised "Lo, I am with you 
alway, even unto the end of the world." 

Preach; teach; baptize; pray; don ! t quit; I'll be with 
youl Can we not see need and urgency in these commands 
of Jesus? The urgency of a coach sending his players 
into the game or a captain inspiring his soldiers to the 
battle do not compare to the vital instructions Jesus 



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gave His church and the importance placed upon them. 

Sometimes emergency and relief organizations fail 
because of conflict. Management and workers of the Red 
Cross clashed and became less effective during the great 
fire in our area when they tried to help those evacu- 
ated from their homes. State and federal officials 
wasted valuable time and resources on the same fire be- 
cause of a conflict in their strategies. One of the 
most important features of an efficient emergency crew 
is their unity. When they can work together with good 
management and instant obedience, they become a rescue 
team that can function under pressure and get the job 
done. 

How important then is unity in the church! How vital 
it is to work together without conflict to efficiently 
rescue and warn and give out the remedy of the Gospel 
of Christ I 

In an article I read recently, the writer listed four 
reasons for giving out the Gospel: (1) The need is so 
great. All have sinned and need the Saviour. (2) The 
Gospel is the only remedy. There is no other name in 
heaven or on earth; only Jesus can save. (3) Jesus 
commands us to give the Gospel to all men. We dare not 
disregard Jesus 1 plain directions. (4) It is only 
humane to share this remedy for sin* If doctors found 
a cure for cancer, they would not be humane to hide it 
thinking that others were still working on a cure and 
it would be unfair to these who had not yet found it. 
No, we must share and publicize this miracle cure. 

I would also add a fifth reason to share the Gospel. 
It is for our own health. "Where there is no vision, 
the people perish. . ."(Proverbs 29:18a) If we fail to 
reach out helping hands, we become ingrown, sickly, and 
critical of each other. Those who are depressed are 
usually advised to get out and help others; find a place 
to feel useful and needed. If you want to be happy, 
make others happy. 

Let us be faithful with the ladder. Let us study to 
be efficient emergency workers with the many casualties 
of the road. Let us be rescue workers for the Lord. 

— L.C. 



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THE FATHER WHO HATES HIS SON 

"He that spareth his rod hateth his son" (Proverbs 13:24). 

You indulge your child and do not correct him: you 
permit selfishness and envy, and anger to encrust them- 
selves by successive layers, thicker and thicker on his 
character; you beseech him not to be naughty, but never 
enforce your injunction by a firm application of the rod; 
and you think the fault, if it is a fault, is a very 
trivial one: perhaps you appropriate to yourself a meas- 
ure of blame for loving your child too much. Don't be 
deceived; call things by their right names. Beware of the 
woe denounced against those who call evil good. According 
to Cod's Word , you do not love, you hate your child. 

Love is a rood name, and hate a bad one. Everyone 
likes to have a good name Whether he deserves it or not. 
To love one's own child, even though that love runs to 
excess, is counted amiable: to hate the child in any 
measure is considered to be the part of a monster. In 
order to keep an acceptable character before the world, 
a deceitful heart so shuffles in secret the two things 
that while hate is the real character of the deed, its . 
outward appearance is love. 

It is obvious to any careful observer of human nature 
that even blame is pleasant to indulgent parents when it 
is the blame of loving their own children too much. They 
swallow the soft reproof as a luscious flattery. The 
Scripture deals with them in another way. It does not 
gratify them by the soft impeachment of excess In parental 
love. It roundl;- r asserts that they have no love at all. 
It comes down hard upon them with the charge of hating the 
child. 

Sparing the rod is the specific act or habit which is 
charged against the parent as being equivalent to hating 
his son. The child begins to act like a tyrant. lie is 
cruel where he has power and sulky where he doesn't, lie 
is rude, overbearing, untruthful. These and kindred vices 
are distinctly forming on his life and growing with his 
growth. The matter is reported to the father, and the 
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to do better and dismisses him with caresses. This pro- 
cess is frequently repeated. The' child discovers that he 
can transgress with impunity. The father threatens some- 
times but never punishes. The child grows rapidly worse. 
By the certainty of escaping, acting in concert with a 
corrupt nature, the habit of intentional evildoing is 
formed and confirmed. All the while, this father takes 
and gets the credit of being, if not a very wise, at least 
a very loving parent. No, it is mere prostitution of that 
hallowed name to apply it to such ignoble selfeshness. 
Love, though very soft, is also very strong, It will riot 
give way before slight obstacles. To sacrifice self is of 
its very essence. If it is in you, it will quickly make 
your own ease give way for the good of its object. 

When a father gives the child his own way, yielding 
more and more, the more the child acts up until he finds 
out that he can get anything by imperiously demanding it. 
The father yields not from love to his child, but from 
loathsome love of ease for himself. It is a low animal 
laziness that will not allow its own comfort to be ruffled 
even to save his son. If there were real love, it would 
be strong enough to endure the pain of refusing to comply 
with improper demands. There would be chastening for in- 
tentional or persistent wrongdoing. 

Parents who are in the habit of giving ^ their children 
what they ask and permitting them to disobey without pun- 
ishment may read their own character in this verse of 
Scripture. Such a father "hateth his sonP: that is the 
Word, To call it love is one of Satan's lies. It is un- 
mingled selfishness. The man who firmly tells his child 
what is wrong and, if the wrong is repeated, sternly dis- 
ciplines him, — that man really loves his child and sacri- 
fices his own ease for the child's highest good. It is 
enough to break one's heart to think how many young people 
are thrown off the rails at some unexpected turn of life 
by the momentum of their own impetuousness; and this for 
want of a father's firm hand to apply in time the neces- 
sary brakes. We need a manful, hardy love — a love that 
will bear and do to the uttermost for all the interest of 
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Let it be remembered here, however \ that every blow 
dealt by a father's hard is not parental discipline. To 
strike right and left against children merely because you 
are angry and they are weak is brutish in its character 
and devastating in its effects* A big dog bites a little 
one who offends him: what do ye more than they? Never 
should a hard be laid upon a child in the hasty impulse 
of anger. The Koh-I-Noor diamond, when it came into the 
Queen of England 1 s possession, was a misshapen lump. It 
w<?s necessary to get its corners cut off and all its sides 
reduced to symmetry, but no unskillful hand was permit- 
ted to touch it. Men of science were summoned to con- 
sider its nature and its capabilities. They examined 
the form of its crystals and the consistency of its parts. 
They considered the direction of the grain and the side 
on which it would bear pressure. With their instruct- 
ions, the jewel was placed in the hands of an experienced 
lapidary, and by long, patient, careful labor, its sides 
were ground down to the desired proportions. The gem was 
hard and needed heavy pressure; the gem was precious and 
every precaution was taken which science and skill could 
suggest to get it ground and polished into shape without 
cracking it in the process. The effort was sucessful. 
The hard diamond was rubbed down into forms of beauty and 
yet sustained no damage by the intense pressure to which 
it was subjected. 

"Jewels, bright jewels," in the form of little child- 
ren, are the heritage which God gives to every parent. 
They are unshapely and need to be polished. They are 
hard and cannot be reduced into symmetry without firm 
handling. They are brittle and so liable to be perma- 
nently damaged by the pressure. But they are stones which 
are especially precious and if they are successfully 
polished, they will shine as stars forever and ever, 
giving off from their undimming edge, more brilliantly 
than other creatures can, the glory which they get from 
the Sun of righteousness. Those who possess these dia- 
monds in the rough should neither strike them out un- 
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This boy with an air of pretend penitence over more 
mischief just one minute after your last lecture has 
been caught up to the ears in another scrape. What is 

j to de done with him? You have tried severity and tried 
gentleness. All is in vain. He became worse and worse 

* in your hands. Do with him as the school rhyme enjoins 
you, "fty, try, try again." Don't let him alone for he 
is all unshapely, and in this form he will have no love- 
liness in the sight of God or man. Don't strike out . 
rashly, for in one moment you may start a trend of hatred 
and discontent through and through that no later disc- 
ipline will ever obliterate. Cautiously, firmly, perse- 
veringly, lovingly, patiently, polish away at your jewel. 
Get a right estimate of its value impressed upon your 
heart, and you will not give up in despair although you 
have made many unsuccessful efforts. The work is diffi- 
cult, but the prize is great. If he is won, he is won 
to himself, to you, to -society, and to God.., 

—by W.M. Arnot in Pulpit Helps 

MEDITAIONS 

BLESSING BY AFFLICTION 

In the account of Job, we find God called Satan's 
attention to Job because He wanted to show Satan he was 
mistaken in thinking Job served God only to receive 
worldly treasure. God let Job be tried to reveal Job's 
deep love and devotion to God that could be made manifest 
by trials. So we should know that afflictions can be a 
help if we have a love for God that Is not restrained by 
I our concern for cares of this life. 

I DIFFICULT DECISIONS 

When things don't progress as we believe they should, 
we have a tendency to lose interest and let others decide 



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how to handle things. This is dangerous in a church 
group, as the Lord expects each one to fill his place. 
To load all responsibility on some willing workers, is 
failing to do our duty, and not using our gifts. Also, 
it may lead some to exercise too much authority. 

WEIGHTIER MATTERS 

Matthew 23:23: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, 
and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judg- 
ment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and 
not to leave the other undone J' Again we are told to have 
fervent charity among ourselves, for charity shall cover 
the multitude of sins. So we are warned against paying 
too much attention to the temporal concerns of life. 

REPRODUCTION 

When God created the world and all the animals, birds, 
fish, insects, and all forms of life, He planted in each 
species the power to reproduce their own kind. To man 
were given careful instructions: mate for life, provide 
a home, care for their children, and obey God. In Noah's 
time they corrupted themselves so badly that God destroyed 
them and gave them a new start. Many times since we have 
recorded where nations and people were destroyed for dis- 
regarding God's law concerning reproduction. 'This gift 
of life has to be handled right to receive God's bless- 
ing. In our time we see a rapid spread of corruption about 
us. 

GRACE: UNMERITED FAVOR 

Titus 2:11: "For the grace of God that bringeth sal- 
vation hath appeared unto all men." So we are given to 
understand we should not think too highly of our own 
works, but let the Word of God be our only guide. We 
are saved by grace, not by any works our fathers have 
done, nor we ourselves. We should be very thankful to 
have been brought up in faithful homes where the truth 



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was taught and practiced, but salvation Is only by God's 

grace. 

GOD'S CHALLENGE 

Malachi 3:10: "Bring ye all the tithes into the 
storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and 
prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I 
will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you 
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to 
receive it." So we see the human fear of lacking food 
for the increasing population of the world is foolish. 
Man must handle it right, using it to feed the hungry, 
and not holding it for more profit. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



BE NOT WEARY IN WELL DOING 

Galatians 6:7-9: n Be not deceived; God is not 
mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also 
reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the 
flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit 
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And' let us 
not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall 
reap, if we faint not." 

It seems to be our nature to get weary of sameness— 
perhaps sameness of the same church - prescribed dress 
pattern, or the sameness of plain shoes, or the same- 
ness of combing our hair in a simple style and covering 
it neatly with the God-ordained head covering. It is 
our fleshly natures that make us weary of the simplicity 
and sameness. Let us not be weary in the well-doing of 
dressing plainly. Let us not sow to the flesh by giving 
in to carnal desires of following fads and fashions in 
adorning our bodies. For if we do, we will surely reap 
of the flesh, corruption. Who can deny that we are try- 
ing to glorify our own bodies when we wear clothing that 
is 3tyled closely to the world? I Corinthians 6:20 



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tells us to " . . . glorify God in your body, and in your 
spirit, which are God's." 

"How can ye believe, which receive honour one of 
another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God 



only?" (John 5:44) 



—Linda Prick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 



THINGS THAT COUNT 

Not what we have ...but what we use, 
Not what we see ...but what we choose- 
These are the things that mar or bless 
The sum of human happiness. 

The things nearby ...not things afar, 
Not what we seem ...but what we are- 
These are the things that make or break 
That give the heart its joy or ache. 

Not what seems fair ...but what is true, 
Not what we dream ...but what we do- 
These are the things that shine like gems 
Like stars in heaven's diadem. 

Not as we take ...but as we give, 
Mot as we pray ...but as we live- 
These are the things that make for peace, 
Both now and after time shall cease. 

-Selected 



A happy home is not one without problems, hit one 
that handles them with understanding and love. 

— Selected by Nancy Oyler 



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HISTORICAL 
THE COMPROMISE OF A UNION BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE 

The extent to which the Protestant national churches 
were identified with the state is indicated by. the fact 
that the civil authorities were also made the heads of 
the church. With Luther's consent each Lutheran ruling 
prince assumed the office of summus episcopus , or highest 
bishop of the church in his domain. So the kings of 
Prussia (the emperors of Germany), for example y were at 
the same time the bishops of the state church of Prussia. 
Luther referred to these prince-bishops as "emergency 
bishops*.* 1 He was fully aware that this union of church 
and state was contrary to New Testament principles. 
The new state church system, in fact, was not founded 
on principle but on a policy of expediency. 

According to Luther's and Zwingli's own former teach- 
ing , such a state church system was due to a policy of 
concession and compromise. Both these leading reformers y 
in their earliest writings, definitely and repeatedly ex- 
pressed themselves in favor of the principles of volun- 
tariness in accordance with New Testament teaching. In a 
book published in 1527, Luther affirmed that the right 
"order" would be to organize those who were in earnest 
in their Christian profession into voluntary congrega- 
tions in which a Christian order, including church dis- 
cipline, could be observed and practiced, but he added 
that he had not yet the people for such congregations. 
The leaders of the evangelical Anabaptists found .the 
people, though they were comparatively few. 

Needless to say, the union of the church with the 
state meant the rejection of the principles of nonre- 
sistance and nonconformity to the world. The saddest 
consequence of this compromise with the world on the part 
of the leading reformers was that it caused the Protest- 
ant state churches to stain their hands with the blood 
of evangelical Christians, who did not find it in their 
conscience to consent to such departure from New Testa- 



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ment teaching. Both Luther and Zwingli, as well as 
John Calvin, approved of the death sentence for Ana bap™ 
tists. 

— By John Borsch from The Chrlstain Example 



BIRTH 

MARTIN - A son, Ross Eldon, born May 21 to Kevin and 
Ina Martin of Nappanee, Indiana* 



MARRIAGE 

CRAWMER— SKILES Darin Cramer and Danette Skiles were 
married May 26 at Wakarusa, Indiana. 

New Address: GENERAL DELIVERY 

MiWuk, California 95346 
(209) 586-7285 



BREATHE ON ME, BREATH OF GOD 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 
Pill me with life ane\%r, 
That I may love what Thou dost love, 
And do what Thou wouldst do. 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 
Until my heart is pure, 
Until with Thee I will one will, 
To do and to endure. 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 
Till I am wholly Thine, 
Until this earthly part of me 
Glows with Thy fire divine. 

Breathe on me, Breath of God, 

So shall I constant be, 

And live with Thee the perfect life 

Of Thine eternity. _ mxfin fjatch 






FDR YOUTH; THE WORTH OF SOULS 

For years the ordinary looking rock beside the trail 
had been passed by hikers intent on achieving their own 
goals. It had been kicked aside, thrown, scratched, 
and stepped on, but it was still there. To the casual 
observer it offered no natural beauty and seemed to have 
little value. It looked just like any other rock. Bat 
this was no ordinary rock. Well hidden within its drab 
shell was a beauty unrivalled by nature itself. However, 
only a geologist trained to recognize the rock as a 
geode possessed the power to unlock its wonderful secret. 
After breaking it apart and polishing the two sides to 
better expose the beautiful crystals inside, he placed 
it beside several similar rocks on his mantle where, 
exposed to the light, it became even more beautiful. 

The Gospel Mission is located in a poor section of 
town, and the people who come there are far from beau- 
tiful. Anyone who wants to see the lower side of this 
life needs only to attend one of the evening services. 
Many of the people who come have been defeated, stepped 
on, hurt, and rejected, but they are still there. Of 
course, no one but a person who is trained to recognize 
the symptoms can see through the walls that most of 
them hide behind. Walls built from fear, defeat, pain, 
and guilt hide the true beauty and worth of their souls. 

These people need someone who can look beyond the 
walls and see the true value of their souls. They need 
someone to love them and someone whom they can trust. 
They need forgiveness and acceptance. 

Nearly two thousand years are a man who was the Son 
of Cod was stepped on, hit, whipped, and crucifed be- 
cause He was able to see the true value of a soul. 
Jesus Christ, the Rock of Ages, took time out to help 
hurting people. He gave them love, forgiveness, accept- 
ance, and most of all, salvation. Jesus Christ is still 
doing the same today. However, He is no longer here in 
person, but works through Christians to bring salvation 
to needy people. We as Christians need to make it our 
goal to help people wherever we can and not pass them 
by. Will you be Jesus 1 messenger today? "Inasmuch as 
ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye 
have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40) 
— Eddie Waerer **'oHest<" 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 



NO MORE TESTS? 



Hurray, school is out! No more books to study and 
no more tests to take! If this is what you think, you 
are wrong. You may not study books, but there will be 
plenty of tests in your school of life. Wise King 
Solomon said to train a child to follow God, and later 
in life he will not leave the good way. God has de- 
signed it that when minds are young and fresh, you can 
remember and learn better. This is also true in the 
animal kingdom. 

Many years ago in the far south , where cotton was 
grown, the govermnemt wanted farmers to grow less. It 
was decided to plow out every other row. Sounds easy 
enough, doesn't it? VJhen the farmers got in the field, 
the welltrained mules would not step on the plants. Why? 
Because from the time they were old enough to work, they 
were taught to not step on the plants. To plow out one 
row the mules had to walk on the plants. The fanner 
tried to lead them, but they knew they shouldn't step 
on the plants. 

I am thankful you children are taught to walk between 
the rows and not destroy the good things God has given 
us. When the tests come in your young life, never mo-ve 
in the direction you shouldn't go* Like with the mules, 
Satan will try to lead you in places you shouldn't go. 
Remember your early training. 

After Job lost all his children and possessions, his 
wife wanted him to curse God and die. But through it 
all Job did not sin, or accuse God of doing wrong. In 
all these hard tests, Job was still on the honor roll. 
He had been taught when young, to walk between the rows 
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Here am I, lord take me wholly , 
And my heart a temple make . 
For Thy purpose use me solely; 
All my time and talents take. 
Empty me of pride and self, Lord, 
With Thy Holy Spirit fill. 
Free me from all doubt and discord > 
That I may discern Thy will. 

Of Thy love I'm undeserving; 

It is boundless, rich and free. 

I would therefore Thee be serving, 

Sacrifice my life to Thee. 

Kay my life bring praise and .glory 

To Thy name, oh, let me be 

Used to share the wondrous story 

Of salvation rich and free. 

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IN CONTROL 

The alarm came soon after we had gone to bed. Our 
dog began barking furiously and tugging desperately at 
her chain. Several large dogs were in our back yard 
where they knew they did not belong. The household was 
roused and the dogs duly put to flight. Those strays 
have made a number of visits, harrassing the chickens and 
calves and upsetting our dog. In our days especially, 
dogs out of control are a major problem. For that matter, 
anything out of control becomes a problem in some way, and 
it seems that the more potential there is for good and for 
usefulness, the greater the consequences of being out of 
control. 

The cry of our times is to return our environment to 
nature. Of .course, this is impossible and also not en- 
tirely desirable if we really consider it. Man was cre- 
ated with mind and soul. In spite of the way he has 
failed, still no other part of God's earthly creation is 
capable of management of the earth. We can have our 
"Earth Days* 1 and our environmental concerns, but in the 
end, man is to control the earth and subdue and manage 
the rest of God's earthly creation. To return to nature 
is in many cases to return to a condition out of control. 
To remove the dams is to leave the rivers out of control. 
To save the rattlesnakes is to make more hazards for 
children. To quit vaccinations and disease research 
means no control in these areas. 

Why are we writing about environmental and animal 
control in a church paper, and how does this relate to 
our Christian life? V/e too need to be controlled, and 
out of control we are harmful, wild, and useless. 

Paul in I Corinthians 9:24-27 compares the Christian 
life to a race or a fight. In Olympia not far from Cor- 
inth were held the original Olympic Games, As today 
athletes trained carefully; they ate right; they prac- 
ticed and planned — to win. Paul draws the lesson from 
this: "I therefore run, not as uncertainly; so fight 
I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under 



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my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any 
means , when I have preached to others, I myself should 
be a castaway." Control is important j being out of con- 
trol is disastrous in this Christian race of ours. And 
we see Paul running indeed in control and fighting — 
making every blow count. 

How do we get this control? Paul says that he was 
"apprehended" (Philippians 3:12) or stopped— arrested 
by Christ Jesus. Study the account of his actions be- 
fore his arrest on the Damascus road. He was out of 
control, resisting the very work of God. He was inef- 
ficient and useless In the Kingdom even though he 
thought he was serving God. Consider Acts 6:9 where 
Stephen's enemies are described. Tarsus in Cilicia was 

Paul's home town, and he was likely one of those dis- 
puting with Stephen. Notice that at that time these 
educated men "were not able to resist the wisdom and 
the spirit by which (Stephen) spake." Later Paul under 
control of the Holy Spirit of God had this same con- 
vincing power that Stephen had. 

Can you remember when you were apprehended by Jesus? 
Can you recall a time out of control? Even if you have 
been brought into Christ's control , perhaps there are 
times when you spin out of control, lose the battle , 
fail your opportunities, and feel quite? useless. This 
is the very reason and need for Spirit direction. We 
tend naturally to leave the control of God. Romans 8:7 
reminds us: "Because the carnal mind is enmity against 
God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither 
indeed can be." It is stronger yet in verse 8: "So 
then they that are in the flesh cannot please God." 
Rat the answer (and. this is Holy Spirit control) is in 
verse 9: "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the 
Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you..." 
To walk after the Spirit is to be in God's control. 

An appetite out of control can be disastrous to the 
body. Overweight is one of our country's major health 
problems and can only be in times of abundance like 
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take over our spiritual life is even worse, being dis- 
astrous to our souls. Rzekiel describes (16?49) the 
iniquity of Sodom, and it was similar to that of our 
time: "pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of 
idleness/" God help us to yield to His control that 
our end be not like theirs* 

Some men have potential for great power and influence, 
Cut of control this power can result in much loss, J 
remember when in the 50 ! s several of us travelled reg- 
ularly from our homes to Southern California while we 
were assigned 1-W service. On Highway 99 over the mount- 
ains were several steep grades* As this was the route 
of many tracks, there were times when brakes would fail 
and a loaded truck would careen out of control, and end 
in a damaging wreck. The state had installed "escape 
ramps" for these runaway trucks to turn into and be 
stopped by deep sand and an upgrade* We saw many tracks 
in the sand where trucks had used this means bo gain 
control. The heavier the truck, the greater the danger, 
and the greater the loss if one lost control. So it is 
with those who ha e been given much. God provides His 
"escape ramp" from the wild ride of sin to destruction. 
And this escape in Jesus Christ is more than just a 
safe stop. It is a turning around and using the gifts 
and talents in God's service—in God's control instead 
of Satan's. Peter says (I Peter 1:4) that we through 
God's promises might be partakers of the divine nature^ 
"having escaped the' corruption that is in the world 
through lust." 

I have seen men with tempers out of control, and it 
is not a pleasant sight. Cn.it of control men do things 
they never would do in their right minds. The Gadarene 
called Legion 3 showed great strength and did damage to 
himself when the devils had possession of him. When 
Jesus brought him under control and cast out the devils, 
he was found clothed, in his right mind, and sitting at 
the feet of Jesus. He didn't want to leave Jesus, but 
Jesus sent him to tell his friends what God had done 



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for him. So will it be with all those in Jesus' con- 
trol. 

Finally, "in control 11 is beautiful. A loaded truck, 
carefully cared for and driven in control is good to 
see. So is an obedient dog, trained and controlled by 
its master, serving faithfully herding sheep, guarding 
a warehouse, or leading a blind person. But most beau- 
tiful is the servant of God, yielded to Jesus and 
trained and managed by the Holy Spirit. His own will is 
subdued and God ! s will is paramount. He is faithful to 
his fellowmen and shows God's love in words and deeds. 
He is under God's control. — L.C. 



PRISONS 

But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison 
doors, and brought them forth. (Read Acts 5:12-20} 

Conscientiously and willingly s the Apostles had been 

going about the work of their calling. Suddenly the 
irate high priest, along with the Sadducees, rose up and 
swept them into prison. The common prison, at that — the 
place where the basest of malefactors were kept. 

i think most Christians find themselves in prison 
occasionally. . There are many kinds of ,, "prisons" in 
which our souls can be caught, and they are often pris- 
ons of our own making. There is the prison of selfish- 
ness, the prison of self-pity, or the prison of un- 
belief. Eugenia Price, in one of her books, tells about 
the prison of "having to be right." It is possible for 
Christians to become so obsessed with their own partic- 
ular way of viewing the doctrines of Christ that they 
become very upset if their view is challenged. What an 
unhappy prison that is I Another dreadful prison is the 
prison of the fear of death. 

All these prisons are shadowy, dark, unhealthy places 
where it is extremely unpleasant to spend even one 
night. But, sad to say, we sometimes needlessly impris- 



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on ourselves in one of them for days, or even years, 
on end. 

I say "needlessly" because, if we are Christians, 
our prison doors are never locked . They are open — vide 
open! If we cannot see that, then we have blinded our- 
selves to Jesus Himself. "I am the door!" He proclaims 
in John 10:9- And again in Revelation 3*8, "Behold, I 
have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut 
it!" 

"Jesus Himself is the door. It was torn open forever, 
when they tore His body on the Cross of Calvary. If we 
continue to sit huddled in our prisons, feeling our- 
selves to be victims, we are saying that the Cross of 
Christ was for nothing!" —-Eugenia Price 

THOU HAST ASCENDED ON HIGH, THOU HAST LED CAPTIVITY 
CAPTIVE. (Psalm 66:18) 

— R. Martin 

Mount Forest, Ontario 



MEDITATIONS 
LIFE 

Genesis 2:7: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust 
of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath 
of life, and man became a living soul." This is all we 
have revealed of our creation. It is one of the things 
we call miracles because they are beyond our understand- 
ing. The creation of Eve from one of Adam's ribs is 
another. We are told, "The secret things belong unto 
the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed 
belong unto us..." (Deuteronomy 29:29; So the things 
that are beyond our ability to understand cannot be 
searched out. God explained Himself to Moses saying, 
"I AM THAT I AM." That should satisfy us. 



WOMEN 1 S PLACE 7 

God said, "It is not good that the man should be a- 
lone : J will make him an help meet for him. " Peter said 
that they should have "a meek and quiet spirit , which 
is in the sight of God of great price, 11 which could 
win the husband by "chaste conversation coupled with 
fear." We find in the account of Elijah 9 when he fled 
to hide himself , how God came to him, first by wind, 
then earthquake, then fire, but the Spirit was not in 
those ♦, Finally, it was the still small voice that talked 
to him, and sent him back to his duty to the children 
of Israel. This is a type of the way the women should 
work with the husband and family. So they have a very 
important duty in the home and church, not to argue, 
but to quietly reason. 

AN EAR TG HEAR 

In the Revelation, Jesus said a number of times, 

"He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear." So we 

see how mportant it is to want to hear the Word of 

God. And the Lord wants to give it to us. No matter 

what we may choose to call ourselves, the important 

thing is to want to hear the truth. If there are some 

parts of the Word we don't enjoy to hear, let us repent 

and open the door of our heart (our ears} and let Him 

come in. „ , TT 

— &rnest Wagner 

MARRIAGES 
«, 

MOHLER-SHIRK Daniel Mohler and Lois Shirk were married 

June 9 in Ripon, California. 

New Address: 405 Blossom 

Ripon, CA. 95366 

(209) 599-3680 

MARTI N-RQYER Jonathan Martin and Lisa Royer were mar- 
ried June 10 at Wakarusa, Indiana. 

New Address: 68572 C.R, 11 

Nappanee, Ind. 46550 
(219) 831-5492 



HISTORICAL 



For this issue's Historical section we reprint sev- 
eral articles from the November and December, 1889, 
Vindicator regarding the final work and death of Elder 
Joseph I. Cover. This occurred just over 100 years ago. 
J* I. Cover was editor of the Vindicator at the time. The 
first article, by Samuel Murray, tells of his preaching 
mission to Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, evidently 
to defend or present the Old Order position. The time 
was only a few years after the 1881-82 divide in the 
Brethren Church, and the issues were still very much 
alive. 

The second article is also by Samuel Murray telling 
of his experience and reaction to J. I. Cover 1 s death. 

The third and fourth articles are a Memorial by his 
son, Oliver Cover and his obituary. 

The last is a tribute to him by J.P.Barron, editor of 
the Troy Democrat, where the Vindicator was printed. 
( J. I. Cover has many descendants in the Brethren churches. 
He was my great-grandfather and was born almost exactly 
100 years before me.) — L.C. 

Dear Readers of the V indica tor, greeting. I deem it 
but just and in part a duty to drop a few thoughts in the 
present number. Our dear Brother editor being away and 
down sick and not able to send word by way of dictating 
in regard to the present issue, and we, knowing that the 
subscribers expect this copy on time, prompts us to write 
by way of explanation as cause of delay, and the contents 
as well, of the present number. On Friday morning Oct- 
ober 4j Bro. J#I. Cover left home to meet an urgent call 
made by some of the friends of the old gospel order of 
faith from Westmoreland County, Pa. 

In the forenoon of the l?th a telegram was received 
by the family stating "Husband was nearing death. " At 
6 p.m. Sister Cover in company with Marling, her son, 
took train at Piqua, Ohio, to meet husband and father 
on Saturday, 19th, at 4 p.m. Word came per card, by 
son stating father was better, prospects for recovery 
favorable. In the meanwhile the present issue was 



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looked after by the family, It was found that the 
first half was all arranged and printed and some copy 
prepared for the remainder. So under the circumstances 
our readers will make due allowance for imperfections. 
it being apparent that an effort was made to do the 
best under the circumstances. It is to be hoped from 
what we have already received that our Bro. will be able 
to resume his work or at least give his counsel for the 
next issue. On learning of our Bro's illness our sym- 
pathies were touched. Having some little knowledge by 
practical observation what it is to go on such missions, 
and urged to come by a few only, and they because of 
their surroundings, are intimidated to freely and open-> 
ly> give expression to their sincere convictions of 
right j as to their religious sentiments, and such calls 
are not unfrequently met, and treated with frowns, con- 
tempt, and in many instances false statements, with 
misrepresentations are to face, and need for the sake 
of the truth, as it is in Jesus, to be met, and set 
right; and even then made light of by some, and by oth- 
ers treated with silent contempt. Only with me there 
is not much doubt but our dear Bro, who has gone to 
meet one of these urgent calls and after a few days of 
ardent work in setting forth the truth and then be re- 
ported by telegram to be "nearing death, 11 had some of 
the above named things to meet. Before his illness he 
stated per card, if Had four meetings, but not a minister- 
ing brother to stand by me. u To us it seemed that Bro. 
Cover started on this mission with some degree of re- 
luctance, going alone; to our knowledge he had insisted 
that some one accompany him bat all had excuses. Dear 
members, it may be well to call attention to the fact 
that when these calls are made for such visits those 
appealed to who feel it a duty to go, well know the 
value and need of company. It is not like visiting . 
where there are organized congregations with commodious 
church houses and everything arranged for a good time. 
It would be well if not a duty to accompany the min- 
istry on such visits. We hope before going to press 



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we will have some favorable particulars to give concern- 
ing our Bro. T s illness. Oct. 22nd N. A* Rumble says: We 
are glad this morning to report so favorable concerning 
your father f s health. He has made decided improvement, 
is resting well, has a comparative good appetite. He 
is receiving marked attention and everything possible 
under the circumstances is being done. Will be with 
your father every other evening from this on, (Oct. 24} 

— S. Murray 

CUR HOPES BLASTED 

As per Nov. No. of the Vindicator , latest word con- 
cerning Eld. J .1. Cover 1 s recovery to us \fas favorable, 
so T wended my way to meet the Love feast occasion in 
Clermont county, Ohio, with a hope that it would be as 
on former occasions, on my return home. I would meet 
our dear Bro. and converse over the work of our several 
missions, so enjoyed the communion services with interest, 
Among the several members who attended this Lovefeast 
from other parts of the brotherhood, was our esteemed 
Eld. H.P.Wherley, who labored in word and doctrine, 
with marked interest, and good will, with the best of 
order manifested on the part of the many lookers on, 
while the sacred ordinances, of the Lord's house were 
participated in, by a goodly number of members. Again, 
on Sunday morning, and also at night, met at the same 
place for worship. Our Dear members of this part of 
the brotherhood, although somewhat isolated, have cause 
to be grateful, for the respect shown on the part of 
their surrounding neighbors. To us it seemed that our 
members exerted an influence for good; may it be so. 
Early on Monday morning, I was conveyed by our Dear 
Rro. Sid. Daniel Grossmile, to R*R. Station, 33 miles 
from Cincinnati, and by 11 p.m., was at Sadieville, Ky. 
Soon met by our beloved Bro. John Rigett, arrangements 
for meetings were made. On Tuesday morning the first 
appointment at the Baptist church, known as the Long- 
lick church, four miles from Bro. Rigett's. On our re- 



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turn found a messenger , with a telegram to attend the 
funeral of Bro, J«I # Cover, next day. 0, what a shock; 
had on hand, six or eight requests for meetings and 
some appointments out, and one applicant for baptism. 
As I could not get a train for home before next morn- 
ing , filled an appointment that night, arid made known 
our purpose of leaving next morning. With a promise 
to return and resume the labors on Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 
At an early hour our Bra. Rigett had all arranged to 
start for Sadieville, R.R. Station, a drive of about 13 
miles; arrived at Station in good time; Soon arrived at 
Cincinnati, but there was left until 1:|D p.nu, did not 
reach home until the .funeral was over* However, was 
informed, and as I expected, funeral vie 11 attended, by 
the ministering brethren, members and neighbors general- 
ly. It was so that our Bro. J* I. Cover, coming among 
us, were much thrown together in church work, and 1 
found the first and main concern with him, was the 
cause of saving grace, ever read;/ and willing to assist 
by advice or whatever way he could, and that at the sac- 
rifice of self-interest. His work with us is done, 
though gone to his reward a. v 'd long home, his Christian 
career is living and will not soon be forgotten. We 
forbear writing anything like an eulogy, as the acqaint- 
ance with our Bro. taught us to know that was one of the 
things he himself did not approve of, his motto was let 
God be praised, and man, sinful man,, bow. Suffice it 
to say, that our hopes to continue our former associa- 
tion in church work, and his 'welcome presence in our 
midst, are all blasted, and will lay to heart, we too 
must die, and so hopefully, prepare to meet the loved 
ones gone before in the climes of eternal glory, where 
hopes are not blasted and peace not marred* So my dear 
brethren and sisters let us still contend for the faith 
once delivered and maintain It, in its primitive sim- 
plicity, one falling here, and another there, so we drop 
with our face Zionward and be gathered home. 



-S, Murray 



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MEMORIAL 

In justice to the dear readers of the Vindicator , and 
friends generally, I will try by the grace of God amid 
the gloom of sorrow, to imprint a few lines to the memory 
of our esteemed father, deceased and late editor of the 
Vind icator , who, on a mission of love, had gone to fill 
appointments, and bear testimony to the faith of Jesus, 
in Westmoreland Co., Pa,, where he labored with ardent 
zeal for the Master; held four meetings, and was turning 
home, but through inclement exposure, was suddenly taken 
with severe chills and vomiting resulting in Typhoid 
Pneumonia, with which he suffered above three weeks, and 
passed quietly and peacefully "down the deep dark valley" 
of death I Oh what sadness comes to our hearts, to think 
how he left his dear family and with good motives — climbed 
as it were, up Mebo's lonely side never to return alive J 
The Lord seems to have taken him, in his own appointed 
way and we are left to mourn our loss^dear readers, and 
take warning, and prepare to meet those happy spirits 
gone before. "Jesus bids us come." 

After death his remains were conveyed home to Coving- 
ton, on Oct. 29th and on the following day were attended 
by a large concourse of sympathising brethren and friends 
to the old Sugar Grove cemetery. Funeral occasion was 
improved by the brethren from I Cor. 

Father, J* I. Cover, was born in Fayette Co., Pa., Jan, 
25th, 1834. Departed this life Oct. 28th, 1889. Aged 
55 years, 9 months and 3 days, He was raised by pious 
parents, who were also members of the German Baptist or 
Brethren church. He obtained a good education. Was 
joined in matrimony to Eliza 3. Miller, of Somerset Co. 
Pa., in 1857, and in the sajne year was baptized in the 
true faith, Raised a family of 8 children who yet sur- 
vive him, 6 of whom stand in the same established faith. 
He was chosen to the ministry in 1858. Ordained Elder 
in 1870, in which office he faithfully served the church 
of his choice up to the time of his death. He removed 



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from Fa. to Ohio, In 1882, where he chose to sojourn, 
identified with the senior faith of the Church, "old 
order Brethren 11 so-called. He earnestly taught and 
labored for the ancient order and oneness of faith and 
practice of the Brethren Church, 

OUR LOSS, HIS GAIN 

He has now gone to rest with the people of Gad, 

while the body Is sleeping beneath the cold sod. 

And the life of our father, though taken from earthy 

Is await ing in glory an immortal birth. 

His work is now done and his troubles are o'er, 

He ever was mindful to preach to the poor; 

He chose for his portion an humble estate, 

and lived as he taught, in patience to wait, 

Neither riches nor fame induced him to yield. 

He lived for the Lord and has died in the field. 

May we all meet in Heaven. 

i.L. Cover 



OBITUARY 

COVER — Of the Covington congregation, Miami county, 
Ohio, died of typhoid pneumonia, near ! 'Mt« Pleasant, 
West Horeland county, Pa., after about three weeks suf- 
fering. Brother Jpseph I. Cover, aged 55 years, 9 
months and 3 days. His suffering was excruciating. 
But he bore it all patiently and with Christian resig- 
nation. He was conscious up till death, but his voice 
and speech became unintelligible, shortly before he 
died. He leaves a dear side companion, six sons, and 
two daughters to mourn their loss, and prepare to meet 
him in that better world where sorrow, sickness, and 
death can never come; and where parting is no more. 

"Rest, Father, rest. 
Thy loving words 



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Shall ever linger 
1 Round thy children 
In thy absent years." 

Funeral services by the brethren from I Cor. 15:51- 

57. Hymns selected Ko. f s 386, 388, 

We are greatly pained to hear of the death of Elder 
J.I. Gover of Covington, an esteemed minister of the 
Dunkard Church and editor of their denominational or- 
£ an > The Vindi cator. Mr. Cover died in Pennsylvania 
where he went a few weeks ago to fill some appoint- 
ments to preach, and while there was taken with typhoid 
pneumonia brought on by exposure and over work. His 
wife and son were called to his bedside and after their 
arrival his symptoms improved somewhat, and it was 
thought the danger was over, but a relapse occurred and 
in a few days came the end. Owing to the fact that the 
printing of The Vindicator of which Mr* Cover wms Editor 
has been done in this office for the last three years, 
we have been thrown a great deal in his society and knew 
him well, and to know him was but to love and esteem him. 
He was one of nature's noble men, honest, upright, 
modest, and unassuming as are the characteristics of 
his denomination, he was yet intelligent, a deep thinker, 
well posted in the religious thought of the day and in 
general information, an instructive and entertaining 
talker, and a man of deep, earnest piety. His life was 
one of constant beneficence, he literally went about do- 
ing good, following in the footsteps of his Master, a 
shining example of a true earnest Christian. Our sin- 
cere sympathy is with the stricken family in their Ir- 
reparable loss. —J. P. Barron, Editor Troy Democrat 

The Vindicator. 

JUS. I. COVER, Kivitoh. 



Covington, Ohio, December u isb9 



FOR YOUTH 

LASTING HAPPINESS 

The occasion we had looked forward to with anticipa- 
tion is past. We are home again and back to our daily 
round of duties. It is sometimes easy to think, "What's 
there to look forward to now? Life is rather monoto- 
nous. » As Christians, though , this attitude need not, 
should not be ours I 

As Christians we are followers of Christ , and we want 
to love Him above all else. Doing this we can look for- 
ward to His promised presence and blessings He sends with 
each new day. It can be like looking forward to being 
with our best friend. We can make a goal to serve Him 
better than ever we have before. And since He has pro- 
vided salvation, we can hope for heaven and eternal life. 
If we continue to be faithful and give Him our greatest 
love, we can experience happiness that lasts not a short 
time but forever! 

JESUS CALLS US 

Jesus calls us, o r er the tumult 
Of our life's wild, restless sea; 
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth. 
Saying: "Christian, follow Me. 11 

Jesus calls us, from the worship 
Of the vain world's golden store , 
From each idol that would keep us, 
Saying: "Christian, love Me more." 

In our joys and in our sorrows, 
Days of toil and hours of ease, 
Still He calls, in cares and pleasures; 
"Christian, love Me more than these." 

Jesus calls us: by Thy mercies, 

Saviour, may we hear Thy call, 

Give our hearts to Thy obedience, 

Serve and love Thee best of all. 

—Mrs. Cecil F. Alexander 
"...Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord." 
(Psalm 144:15) —Miriam Beerv 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
LOCKS OR ACTIONS 

Everyone likes to go to the zoo and see the differ- 
ent animals. What makes the monkey a monkey and the 
lion a lion? Is it their looks or their actions? If 
a monkey would walk slowly and growl, would it remind 
you of a monkey? If a lion would run, jump, and hang 
by its tail, would it remind you of a lion? No, be- 
cause they would be acting differently than God wants 
them tou 

Two little girls were drawing pictures. Ann asked 
Anita what she was drawing. She said she was drawing 
a picture of God. Rut Ann said, "You can't do that 
because nobody knows what God looks like. 11 Anita re~> 
plied, "Maybe nobody knows what God looks like, but 
they will when I get done. 11 

Ghildren, you are drawing a picture, not on paper, 
but you are molding your life to be like the deceiver, 
or like God. When you draw a picture on paper, every- 
one can clearly see what the picture is. Also when you 
are living like Jesus wants you to, everyone can see 
His image. The world around you is looking over your 
LIFE to see WHO you will be like. At times you will 
get laughed at, and told you can't do that. Do as 
Anita did and keep on drawing your picture. Remember 
you expect monkeys to act like monkeys and lions to act 
like lions. God expects HIS children to act like they 
should. You can tell the world around you that nobody 
knows what God looks like, but they will when you get 
big, 

— Everett Oyler 



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'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2:11 



WHEN WE SHALL REACH THE MORE EXCELLENT GLORY 

When we shall reach the more excellent glory, 

And all our trials are past, 
We shall behold Him, wonderful story! 

We shall be like Him at last. 

We shall not wait till the glorious dawning 

Breaks on the vision so fair; 
Now we may welcome the heavenly morning , 

Now we His image may bear. 

More and more like Him: repeat the blest story 

Over and over again; 
Changed by His spirit from glory to glory, 

We shall be satisfied then. 

We shall be like Him, We shall be like Him, 
And in His beauty shall shine; 
We shall be like Him, wondrously like Him, 
Jesus, our Saviour divine* 

— W. A. Spencer 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate; $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

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OUR NEW COPIER 

I suppose that by now everyone knows we nave a new 
(actually reconditioned) copier that prints the Pilgrim » 
Some of vou helped us obtain it. Let us make some com- 
parisons of this machine to some experiences in our 
Christian walk. 

Mo work or process in the Christian life is more im- 
portant to us and to God than that of making us like 
Jesus Christ, II Corinthians 3:18 says, "But we all, 
with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the 
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to 
glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord," The Spirit 
of the Lord is the Copier, He makes us like Jesus if 
certain conditions are met. 

On our new copier there is a switch. To press this 
switch is to begin the copying process. Lights flash 
on, a fan whirrs, and a warning word on the display 
panel says "Wait*" After the warm up period something 
switches inside and "Wait" changes to "Ready." The 
original must by positioned just right on top of the 
screen, and the blank paper must be loaded in the tray 
after first "fanning" the stack to free the sheets to 
separate easily. Then when the green switch is pressed, 
a sheet of paper is rolled into the machine, subjected 
to heat, bright light, and a chemical process that im- 
prints a copy exactly like the original. 

Our new copier will not take just any old paper. It 
must be the right size. It must not be wrinkled or 
turned up on the edges. It must be free of other writing- 
clean. Just so must we, if we would be copies of Jesus, 
be properly prepared. God offers through Jesus* blood 
and our faith in that sacrifice, to make us clean. There 
must be no other writing on us. The devil would stamp 
us with his directions^ but if we allow it, the copy 
will not be true. We must be clean and plain and an- 
wrinkled — not spotted or dirty, Only God can prepare 



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us in this manner. 

Oar size must be right. We must not be too big and 
proud or too small and ashamed* "Humble yourselves 
therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may 
exalt you in due time* 11 Paul in II Timothy 2:21 says 
we should purge ourselves that we might be "meet (fit) 
for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work'.' 
Golossiams 1:12: "Giving thanks unto the Father, which 
hath made us meet (fit) to be partakers of the inherit- 
ance of the saints in light." 

The green button is pressed and the top sheet of 
paper is seised by rollers and directed to the special 
area where the copying is done. Here is where the heat 
is turned on and the lights grow bright and the searing 
chemicals burn the print to the paper indelibly. For 
the paper, the process is not pleasant . It emerges limp 
and hot. So it must be for the Christian who would be 
made like his Lord. Jesus told James and John when they 
asked to sit on His right hand and left: "Ye know not 
what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I 
shall drink of, and to be baptised with the baptism that 
I am baptised with?" 

How ready are we for suffering? Jesus said (Matthew 
10: 24 , 2$), "The disciple is not above his master, nor 
the servant above his lord. It is enough for the dis- 
ciple that he be as his master, and the* .servant as his 
lord. If they have called the master of the house 
Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his 
household?" The flesh shrinks from suffering. One 
question; have you ever gone through a period of trou- 
ble and not come out better for it? Paul says, "Trib- 
ulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and 
experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because 
the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy 
Ghost which is given unto us." If we have gone through 
trouble and not improved, we must not be in the "copy 
machine" because this is the very purpose of suffering 
that God sends: to purify and make us like Jesus. 
Jesus was mada "perfect through sufferings." (Heb. 2:10) 



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If Jesus went this way to perfection, do we who are so 
imperfect think there is any other way? Peter writes, 
M Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial 
which is to try youj as though some strange thing hap** 
pened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are par- 
takers of Christ s f sufferings; that, when his glory shall 
be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." 
(I Peter 4:12,13) 

Did you ever notice that when suffering is used as a 
noun referring to Jesus' sufferings, it is always plu- 
ral? He had many " sufferings ." Remember, we are being 
made like Him, 

Sometimes in the copy process a light flashes on the 
panel and everything stops. The light says, M Check paper 
path." Sure enough, a paper is jammed in around a roller 
or has shot into the wrong area, A corner must have been 
turned up, and the copier simply will not work unless con- 
ditions are right • Sometimes that sheet must be rejected. 
Sometimes it can be smoothed and straightened and sent 
through properly. Joshua and Caleb told the Israelite:; 
on the threshold of Canaan, "Only rebel not ye against 
the Lord... 11 In Proverbs and in Hebrews we have the ad- 
monition, "My son, despise not thou the chastening of the 
Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom 
the Lord lox f eth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son 
whom he receiveth." We sometimes protest against what 
we call the cruel treatment of the great Copier. But we 
cannot be made like Him without yielding to His methods, 
"flow no chastening for the present seemeth to bo joyous 
taut grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the 
peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exer- 
cised thereby." (Hebrews 12:11) 

Uncle Ernest v^figner, who has gone through trials more 
than most, writes of Job's trial, of David 1 s desire for 
God to search and try him, and of Jesus' statement to 
Peter: "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to 
have you, that he may sift you as wheat: Bit I have 
prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not-: and when thou 
art converted, strengthen thy brethren." And then he 
asks us a cpuestion: "Shouldn r t we be willing for the 



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Lord to work with us?" He often reminds us that suffer- 
ing brings submission and Improvement, that !; it may 
take a severe trial to cause us to put the Lord f s ser- 
vice first. 11 

As the paper passes into the printing area, light be- 
comes intense and is the means by which the copy is Im- 
printed on the papier. Paul was struck down by a great 
light* God is light; He created light as we see it* 
We cannot see without light. It is fitting that as we 
are made like Jesus we are enlightened. Psalm 3^:5; 
"They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their 
faces Vtfere not ashamed." Jesus proclaimed !I I am the 
light of the world: he that followeth me shall not 
walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 11 
(John 8:1.2) 

One firial pass through tight rollers and the page 
emerges just like the original. A miracle? It almost 
seems so. Surely in the Christian process, it is. We 
were made in the image of God and no doubt retain that 
image in a physical sense. But we have lost so much of 
the real likeness, It Is a lifetime process and it is 
miraculous that we can be made like Jesus in His low- 
liness, His kindness, His love, His self-sacrifice, His 
righteousness, His holiness. Oh, the joy to emerge more 
and more like Jesus. Someday the miracle will be com- 
plete. David said, "J shall be satisfied, when I awake, 
with thy likeness," The divine Copier really works! 
Charles Wesley 1 s hymn says in part: 

Oh, for a 'heart to love my God! 
A heart from sin set free; 

A heart that always feels the blood, 
So freely shed for me . 

A heart in every thought renewed , 

And filled with love divine; 
Perfect, and right, and pore, and good, 

A copy, Lord! of thine, 

— L.C. 



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SAFETY IN THE FOLD 

Recently a fellow employee was relating to me his ex- 
perience raising sheep when he was a boy. He made the 
comment that sheep are dumb animale. Many times a dead 
one was found that had gone into a corner of the field 
or caught in the fence and didn't know to turn around 
to find food and shelter. Occasionally wild dogs would 
run into the flock, injuring and killing some. Without 
the constant care and vigil of a shepherd, many sheep 
were lost. 

How important it is for lis to be in the fold of God 
with the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, to lead 
us in the paths of truth and protect us from hann, for 
we are like sheep in many ways. The Zondervan Bible 
dictionary states , rl A shepherd is one employed in tend- 
ing, feeding, and guarding the sheep. He would lead 
them and knew them all by name, and they knew his voice. 1 
I Peter 2:25: "For ye were as sheep going astray; taut 
are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your 
souls." John 10:27: "My sheep hear my voice, and I 
know them, and they follow me," 

Sheep sometimes stray off by themselves and become 
lost, unable to find their way back without the aid of 
the shepherd. Without the tending of the shepherd, they 
sometimes eat poisonous plants that are fatal. Without 
the comfort of the shepherd, slightly injured sheep 
sometimes die from £ear. Without the leading of the 
shepherd to adequate pasture, they starve. 

Jeremiah 50:6 warns us about false shepherds who 
cause sheep to go astray. Vie 'want the Good Shepherd 
who "gives His life for His sheep* 11 

Another aspect of shepherding is feeding the flock 
through instruction and good example by the elders with- 
in the assembly. (I Peter 5) 

How thankful we can be for the privilege of being in 
the fold of the Goo.d Shepherd who feeds us with His 
Word, leads us by His Holy Spirit, guarding us from dan- 
ger, who knows us by name, and we know His voice. 

— -Meredith Gable 
Go shen , Indiana 



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NURSING HOME REFLECTIONS 

Someday when all vri.ll be made right. 
For those who trust His grace , 

When we shall look, with great delight 
Upon the Saviour's face, 

when all that's lost will then be found, 

There, up on Zion's hill, 
I won't cast anxious looks around— 

"Did Charlie get his pill?" 

For there we'll have no need of pills, 

No canes to make or buy; 
And we'll forget all earthly ills, 

"Why walk when we can fly?" 

It's really not all in his mind — 
For him it's hard to swallow, 

Hiatial hernia they did find, 
(Though many years did follow). 

Someday for him 'twill heaven be, 

His ears will clearly hear, 
His eyes someday will clearly see, 

His heart be filled with cheer. 

There are so many sad and old, 

It often makes me cry; 
But when we walk those streets of gold, 

We'll understand just why. 

For Jesus cares, I know he cares, 

He knew He faced the cross; 
For us the burden gladly bears™ 

For Him, what pain! what loss! 

— Donald Kline 
Wakaru s a , Ind iana 



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MEDITATIONS 

LIFE 

Genesis 2:7: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust 
of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath 
of life, and man became a living soul. 1 ' This is all we 
have revealed of our creation. It is one of the things 
we call miracles because they are beyond our understand- 
ing. The creation of Eve from one of Adam's ribs is 
another. We are told, "The secret things belong unto the 
Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong 
unto us..." (Deuteronomy 29:29) So the things that are 
beyond our ability to understand cannot be searched out, 
God explained Himself to Moses saying "I AM THAT I AM." 
That should satisfy us. 

OUR THOUGHTS 

Psalm 139:17,18: "How precious also are thy thoughts 
unto me, God I how great is the sum of them! If I shoulc 
count then, they are more in number than the sand: when 
I awake, I am still with thee." As long as we are awake, 
our minds are processing what we see and hear-r-if we seek 
the truth, we will see and hear that. If we seek evil, 
we will see and hear that, and store one or the other in 
our hearts. 

OUR WAYS 

Proverbs 21:22: "Every way of a man is right in his 
own eyes*" So we see why there is such a great differ- 
ence of opinions on matters. We think about things, 
and whichever way we decide is the way it is settled 
in our minds. But the Scriptures teach to work to be 
of one mind and strive to have peace. We need to strive 
against the stubborness of our human nature. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto , California 



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TO ALL PARENTS 

"I'll lend you, for a little while, 

A child of mill's ? fi He said? 
,T For you to love while he lives, 

And mourn when he is dead. 
It may be six or seven years, 

Or twenty-two or three, 
But will you, 'till I call him back, 

Take care of him for me? 
He* 11 bring his charms to gladden you, 

And shall his stay he brief, 
You'll have his lovely memories 

As solace for your grief . r 

''I cannot promise he will stay, 

As all from earth return, 
Bat there are lessons taught down there 

I want this child to learn. 
I've looked the wide world over 

In my search for teachers true. 
And from the thrones that crowd life's lanes, 

I have selected you. 
Now will you give him all your love — 

Mot think the labor vain, 
Nor hate me when I come to call 

To take him back again* :! 

I fancied that 3 heard them say, 

'■Dear Lord, thy will be done* 
For all the joy this child shall bring, 

The risk of grief we Ml run." 
We'll shower him with tenderness 

And love him while we may, 
And for the happiness we've known, 

Forever grateful stay. 
And should the angels call for him 

Much sooner than we planned, 
^e'll brave the bitter grief that comes, 

And try to understand. 11 

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OBITUARY 

AARON LEE BEERY* son of Jamas and Betty (Flora) Beery, 
was born on April 15, 1963 , in Logansport, Indiana, In 
January of 1986, he publicly committed his life to the 
Lord in Christian baptism, laboring with the Old Breth- 
ren Fellowship until his passing. He lived with his 
parents near Wakarusa, Indiana. Aaron loved all of God's 
children and enjoyed a wide variety of friends. He 
loved to travel, learn about other places, and meet peo- 
ple. In nature he felt close to the Lord and enjoyed 
many times there in God f s creation* 

The Lord called him home in the early afternoon on 
July 8, 1990, near Mattiee , Ontario, when his canoe 
overturned. As Aaron called out for help in his strug- 
gle for life, we are made to think of the verse: 

n Reach down, r^ach down thine arm of grace 

And cause me to ascend. 

Where congregations ne're break up 

And Sabbaths never end." 

In 1986 he was imersed at baptism beneath the wave 
and rose to walk in newness of life. In passing, he was 
again immersed beneath the wave in death to rise to live 
with the Lord eternally. 

He leaves here those who will greatly miss his pres- 
ence but are rejoicing in his victory: his loving par- 
ents; 3 brothers and their companions: Stephen and wife 
Kim, Daniel and wife Miriam, Jonathan and special friend 
Angle Christ; 2 sisters: Elizabeth Royer and husband 
Joe, Rachel and fiance Jesse Cover; Grandparents: Hose 
Flora of Texas, Ruby Flora of Delphi, Indiana, and Orpha 
Beery of Nappanee; 6 nieces and 1 nephew and many other 
friends and relatives. 

On Saturday, July 14th, at 9:15 fit* hi-, a short service 
was held for the family at the home. Memorial services 
were held at the German Baptist meeting house at 10:00 
a.m. using Jeremiah 17:5-8 and St. John 13:33-35 for a 
text. Hymns were "Shall We Gather at the River?", "Jesus 
Saviour, Pilot Me," "There Waits for Me a Glad Tomorrow/ 1 



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and "Jerusalem, My Happy Home." Graveside services were 
held at 3:30 p.m. at the Old Brethren Church Cemetery* 
Hymns were 494* 484 > and 483. 

— James, Betty, and family 

POEMS WRITTEN IN MEMORY OF AARON 

Fear not, I am with thee, be not dismayed* 
In this time of sorrow, Lord, we need Thine aid, 
To strengthen us, help us, our faith to increase , 
The grief in our loss, Lord, in Thee to release. 

A brother we loved; he loved us we could tell, 

But Thou hold'st our lives; what Thou doest is well. 

Yet humans we are and our vision so dim; 

Be close to us, Lord, is our plea once again. 

Oh, help us to grow, and to not become hard, 
To live such a life we can meet ne'er to part, 
In a home up in heaven where all is of love. 
Help us live a life here more like that up above, 

— Miriam Beery 

Heaven now seems a little nearer 
And loved ones are a little dearer 

Since Aaron has gone Home. 
The fleeting things of earth grow dim; 
Oh, how we love to think of him 

There safe before God's throne. 

When a loved one has departed, 
We grow much more tenderhearted 

To those who now remain. 
If to God we are nearer drawn, 
Because our loved one now has gone, 

His life was not in vain. 

He has only gone on before, 

He's watching for us on that happy shore, 

And now he * s free from care . 
So let us live our lives for God, 
That when we're laid beneath the sod, 

We'll meet him over there. 

—-Elisabeth Rover 



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IN MEMORY OF AARON BEERY 

Aaron's thoughts on thought life: 

Would I want Jesus to tell me what I am always thinking? 

Lord bring to my attention anytime my thoughts are 
not in harmony with Your will for my life . 

Not till we have the secret parts of our hearts in 
God '5 control can He "help 11 us. 

Possibly one of Aaron 1 s struggles: 

Search me. God, and show me the condition I'm in. 
What a privilege to have such loving parents. 

Why do I follow Jesus? 

Because He is the only one that has eternal life to 
give. 

What does it take to be a disciple of Jesus? 

DSNY SELF - Give control of life to Jesus. Know that 

God is and is a reward or of them that seek 

Him. 
CONFESS JESUS - Before men continually, 
FX3RSAKK ALL - Separation^ suffering, arid steadfastness* 

How do we use our youth? 

In preparation for old age and death or for things 
that will soon be gone? 

1. Does it hurt when others make fun of Jesus? 

2. Am I comfortable with degenerate men? 

3. Is it my desire^ to be holy 9 

4- Does my conduct bring Jesus suffering? 

5* Is my life a living witness for Christ? 

6. Am I refusing the preludes of immorality? 

7# Is serving God my greatest joy? 

8. Am I reflecting the love and light of God? 

°. Am I growing spiritually % 

10. Is the thought of sin repulsive to me 9 

Aaron's views on what Is valuable: 
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Need to know Jesus intimately, (for this is life 
eternal to know Jesus Christ His Son.) 
Ye cannot serve two masters. 

Jesus is the only one that can give us Eternal Life* 

Salvation 

It's ours for the taking on Hie terms* God will not 
always call. As the tree falls, so shall it lie. 

These are notes and self-searching questions from 
Aaron's Bible. 



MT HAND IN GOD'S 

Each morning when I wake I say, 
"I place my hand in God 1 8 today. 11 
I know He'll walk close by xny side, 
My every wandering step to guide. 

He leads me with the tenderest care 
When paths are dark and I despair. 
No need for me to understand, 
If I but hold fast to His hand. 

My hand in His! No surer way 
To walk in safety through each day. 
By His great bounty I am fe,d, 
Warmed by His love, and comforted. 

When at days end I seek my rest 

And realize how much I'm blessed, 
Ky thanks pour out to Kim, and then 
I place my hand in God's again, 

— Florance Scripps Kellogg 
Selected by Susan H. Coning 



vri se man will desire no more than he may get 
justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and 
leave contentedly. —Selected 



Ptstortcai 



1776 Christopher Sower, Jr. printed a third edition of 
the German Bible , and the unbound pages were laid on the 
loft of the Germantown meetinghouse to dry. Some of them 
were still there when the Battle of Germantown, in the 
American Revolution, was fought, .and the cavalry men took 
these sheets and scattered them under their horses, 
Christopher Sower afterwards collected a few sets of 
these sheets and bound them. It is impossible to tell 
how many copies of this edition were bound and got into 
circulation, probably only a few hundred. In the preface 
of this third edition, Polder Sower said, "There appears 
now for the third time on the American continent the Holy 
Writ, called the Bible, in open print in the High German 
language, to the honor of the German nation; since no 
other nation is able to show that the Bible has yet been 
printed in its language in this part of the world." 

1777 Legislature of Pennsylvania enacted a law making 
it the duty of every citizen to abjure the King of Eng- 
land and take the oath of allegiance to the State of Penn- 
sylvania. The Dunkers (Brethren) were willing to obey and 
submit to the new government and to give up their alle- 
giance to the English King bit were opposed to all wars 
and all oaths and so could not conscientiously take the 
oath required. 

1778 For steadily refusing to swear, fifty-eight persons 
on May 8, were ordered to present themselves not later 
than June 25, to the proper officers and take the oath. 
Among this number was Elder Christopher Sower who, not 
willing to take the required oath, was arrested in his 
home before the expiration of the time legally accorded 
him to find some means of escape from his embarrassment, 
was shamefully and unlawfully abused, and deprived of an 
opportunity to obey the law. His property was seised and 
confiscated and he was left penniless. In this sore trial 
he remained true to his religious convictions, and when 

he was reviled, reviled not again. 

— -from Chronicles of the Brethren 
by J.M. Kimmel 



FOR YOUTH 
THE CALL 

Now there are two, nestled up close to the woods 
beside the meetinghouse. One is small, very small. 
The other is larger, but the one who lies there was 
still quite young. I'm talking about graves. 

In the small one lies the body of wee little Wayne 
Koyer. In the other, the fresh one, lies that of Aaron 
.Beery. 

One goal in Aaron's life was to be used by God to 
bring others to Christ, God did use him. Maybe not in 
the way Aaron anticipated, but He used him nonetheless. 

It is a call to all , especially the young. n Come, 
join together, to build your house on Christ the solid 
Rock, to know and do the will of God, and to live in 
such a way that you might have a home in heaven with me 
when this life is over. 11 

• It is easy for youth with it's love for life to be- 
lieve that i! only old people die." but we know that Is 
not true. The evidence is very clear. 

Come, let us answer the call! 

Prayerfully submitted to the Pilgrim, 
Martha J. Wagner 

Come to the Saviour now, He gently calleth thee; 
In true repentance bow, Before Him bend the knee; 
He waiteth to bestow Salvation, peace, and love, 
True joy on earth below, A home in heaven above. 

Come to the Saviour now, Ye who have wandered far, 
Renew your solemn vow, For His by right you are; 
Come, like poor wandering sheep Returning to His fold; 
His arm will safely keep, His love will neter grow cold. 

Come to the Saviour, all, Whate'er your burdens be; 
Hear now His loving call, "Cast all your care on Me . » 
Come, and for every grief In Jesus you will find 
A sure and safe relief, A loving Friend, and kind. 

—John K. Wigner 1871 



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IS IT YOU 



I know a happy, little child , 

Who always wears a smile , 

Wio speaks in tones so sweet and mild 

You love her all the while. 

You never hear her cry or whine 

If it is raining out! 

She plays indoors, till sun doth shine, 

And does not sit and pout. 

This child is full of love and joy; 
She fills the world with cheer; 
She's loved by every girl and boy. 
Is this child you, my dear? 

— Selected from the Blackboard Bulletin 

Sometimes we older folks get to feeling discouraged 
and blue. When this happens, nothing seems to look 
good; we even forget to be thankful • The quickest way 
for me to feel better is to be in a room with happy 
children. It is like the very presence of God, I am 
thankful to live in a community where there are lots 
of happy children. 

— Everett Oyler 



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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul/' /Peter 2.11 



PRAISE THE SAVIOR 

Praise the Savior , ye who know Him! 
Who can tell how much we owe Him? 
Gladly let us render to Him 
All we are and have. 

Jesus is the name that charms us, 
He for conflict fits and arms us; 
Nothing moves and nothing harms us 
While we trust in Him. 

Trust in Him, ye saints , forever 
He is faithful, changing never; 
Neither force nor guile can sever 
Those He loves from Him. 

Keep us, Lord, keep us cleaving 
To thyself, and still believing, 
Till the hour of our receiving 
Promised joys with Thee. 

Then we shall be where we would be, 
Then we shall be what we should be; 
Things that are not now, nor could be, 
Soon shall be our own- 

— Thomas Kelly 



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WHAT IS MAN? 

On one of the cabinets in the National Museum in 
Washington are these words: "The body of a man weigh- 
ing 154 pounds." In the cabinet are two jars of water, 
along with other containers of phosphate of lime, car- 
bonate of lime, potassium, sodium, and other chemicals. 
Another section holds a row of clear glass jars filled 
with gases— hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. The mate- 
rials in that cabinet are shown in the exact proportions 
combined in the body of an ordinary man. Someone has 
remarked that the materials making up our bodies could 
be bought for a small price. Physically speaking, we 
are pretty insignificant. 

Given these facts and the statement of Paul: "For 
I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,} dwelleth no 
good thing.. ♦ " we could truly say with the Psalmist, 
"Vihat is man, that thou art mindful of him...?" 

Looking inward and knowing how weak and limited we 
are, even our own experiences tell us the same thing — 
that man is insignificant before our powerful, unchange- 
able , eternal Creator. How thankful we should be that 
He takes notice of us and continues to demonstrate His 
mere j I 

God has not placed such a low value on us as we know 
we deserve. He has seen us— not as what we are — but as 
what He can make us. God is still Creator, and He is 
able to make new creatures in Christ out of the old, 
worthless, fallen ones. 

Vie have a great debt of thanksgiving to God for all 
the material blessings and provisions He is giving us. 
But we have an even greater debt for What He has done 
for us. One of our hymns says, 

"Hopeless and outcast once we lay, 
Worthy Thy hate and scorn, 
But love like Thine could find a way 
To rescue and adorn." 



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Another song says, 

"If you "were blind and then could see 
Then you'd understand what Jesus means to me." 

Today many are reluctant to n get involved" when 
someone is down. Cases have been cited where people 
stood by and watched while criminals assaulted a help- 
less victim. God did not just stand by when man fell 
under the temptation of Satan. He became involved, 
joined the battle , and rescued those who would be saved. 

More personally speaking, how many of us can testify 
of God's special interest and rescue when we were lost 
in sin? He sees the sparrow fall, and He saw me stray 
and need His redeeming grace. Not only that, but He 
continues His grace to me and to each of His own. For 
this we should thank Him, adore and serve Him. 

Probably all of us have been involved in accidents or 
near accidents on the roads and in our daily work. We 
praise God when we come through without injury. We 
praise Him when we feel "it could have been worse.* 1 But 
we should praise Him even when it is worse, because our 
accidents and injuries are only on this body — this as- 
sortment of chemicals — solids, liquids, and gases. Our 
physical mishaps do not usually touch our souls, pro- 
vided our hearts are right. But they should remind us 
of our spiritual condition. Through our own careless- 
ness or the carelessness of others, we can have spirit- 
ual accidents and suffer much loss. These are the mis- 
haps that should really concern us. May God help us 
that we neither suffer a spiritual mishap nor cause 
someone else to stumble through our carelessness. Here 
we have definite promises of God that He will protect 
us when we trust in Him: "He that dwelleth in the se- 
cret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow 
of the Almighty.,. 1 will be with him in trouble; I will 
deliver him and honour him. With long life will I sat- 
isfy him and show him my salvation. (Read Psalm 91.) 

Yes, we are insignificant mortals, not worthy of the 
mercy and grace that saves us, but we are the special 
creation of God, and we can, if we will, be His sons and 
daughters, born again into His own family. — L.C. 



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FAMILIES 

A young man and woman commit their lives to each other 
in a beautiful marriage ceremony! a new family unit is 
begun. Later on, children are born to this couple and 
the family unit expands. They enjoy doing things to- 
gether — working, playing, going to church, trips, picnics, 
etc. As these children grow up and begin homes of their 
own, the family unit expands further, but still they en- 
joy doing things together. 

Family. Isn't that a beautiful word 9 It's a place 
where we belong by birth. No one has the perfect family 
situation, but most of us have the blessing of a Christ- 
ian home. Homes, or more correctly, the families that 
make up these homes, are the building blocks of our 
churches and nations 8 

Mot everyone has the opportunity to be part of a Christ- 
Ian family, but everyone has the opportunity to be part 
of God's family. This is also a family to which we be- 
long by birth, but this is a birth of choice, if For 
ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. M 
Galatians 3:6 l! *..I will receive you and will be a 
Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, 
saith the Lord Almighty." II Corinthians 6:17b-18 

Thank God for the privilege of families — earthly and 
heavenly I 

— Elva Royer 

Goshen, Indiana 



God has work for the aged, the afflicted, the suffer- 
ing, the disappointed, the helpless, the poor* The 
greatest work ever done in this world was done by One who 
was called a Man of sorrows, and who had not where to lay 
His head. The greatest success ever gained in this world 
was called a failure at the time, and the greatest victory 
was thought by men to be an utter and shameful defeat. 

— from Might Scenes in the Bible by Daniel March 



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I JUST HAD TO TELL SOMEONE 

"I haven't seen him for a year and a half/ 1 

The lady said to me as I quietly sat 

waiting at the airport. "Your grandson? Your son? 1 ' 

My curious response to this unknown woman 

Drew forth an answer with feeling, "My sonl 

He lives in Colorado, and now comes home. 

I just had to tell someone ! lt — obvious joy 

And eager anticipation on her face shown 1 . 

I hope my acknowledgement of her shared joy 

Increased her happiness, as the adage goes — 

"A joy shared is a joy doubled. " Isn't it 

Nice as through life we go, to be privileged 

To share one another's happiness, or woe? 

Even with a perfect stranger, as this lady 

Did; we can lay claim to human sympathy 

Which satisfies an intense need in our soul. 

Do you and I have any anticipation 

To share with others— whether stranger or friend? 

Is there a compulsion burning within us 

To share our Good News? Vie have Good News, you know! 

"I'm waiting here for my Lord — I love Him sol 

He's coming", He's coming J He'll take me with Him, I 

I'll live forever with my beloved One I know! 

Oh! He did so much for me. He even died 

a cruel, painful death to redeem me from 

Lost and unregenerate state. He broke Satan's 

Hold on me, and now I'm free— free to live with Him 

In that mansion in glory He's now building 

For me! n That's our Good News — do we double it 

By sharing with the lady in the airport? 

Or with our daily business acquaintances? 

Is it Good Mews to us? Does it thrill us through? 

Is our cup of joy full and bubbling over? 

Are we waiting to meet our beloved Lord? 

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Gettysburg, Ohio 



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MEDITATIONS 
THE LORD'S HELP 

There are a number of Scriptures that tell us how the 
Lord allows Satan to tempt us to make us realize how de- 
pendent we are on the Lord's help. In the account of Job, 
we see how he was tried and finally received a great 
blessing. David asked the Lord to search and try him, 
and lead him in the way everlasting. Jesus told Peter 
Satan was going to sift him as wheat, and when he was 
converted to strengthen his brethren. Shouldn't we be 
willing for the Lord to work with us? I Peter 4:1^* 
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial 
which is to try you, as though some strange thing hap- 
pened unto you. n Luke 24:26: "Ought not Christ to have 
suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? H 

THE FIRST THING 

Luke 12:30: "For all these things do the nations of 
the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye 
have need of these things." Verse 31: : 'But rather seek 
ye the kingdom; and all these things shall be added unto 
you." Verse 34: "For where your treasure is, there will 
your heart be also. 11 We grow up in this world and learn 
to provide for our self and family, and it may take a se- 
vere trial to cause us to put the Lord's service first. 

THE GREATEST 

Jesus 1 disciples had a question when they thought 
Jesus was going to set up a kingdom. A number of them 
wanted to be the GREATEST. We see the same problem when 
nations want to work together. Churches have the same 
problem, 

THE EVERLASTING WORD 

Jesus said, Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my 
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apply the 3axne to us, as they did when He spoke them. 
This is not the same with our words. Our words often 
apply to temporal things, which changing conditions make 
obsolete or of no effect. So we need to make a clear 
difference between the words of Jesus and the words men 
have spoken or written. 

— Ernest Wagner 



THE R03E 

It is only a tiny rosebud — 

A flower of God's design; 
But I cannot unfold the petals 

With these clumsy hands of mine. 

The secret of unfolding flowers 

Is not known to such as I — 
The flower Gk)d opens so sweetly 

In m^ hands would fade and die. 

If I cannot unfold a rosebud 

This flower of God's design, 
Then how can I think I have wisdom 

To unfold this life of mine? 

So I'll trust in Him for His leading 

Each moment of every day,, 
And I'll look to HIM for His guidance 

Each step of the pilgrim way. 

For the pathway that lies before me 

My Heavenly Father knows— 
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments 

Just as He unfolds the rose. 

— Selected by Nancy Oyler 



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OBITUARY 

I¥A MERLE HBJMBAUGH, daughter of William and Mary 
(Fiery) Young was born near Eaton, Delaware Count y, Ind- 
iana^ in the year of our Lord 1896 on January 21. 

Her mother passed away when she was three months old, 
Her grandparents $ John K. and Catherine Flory brought 
her back to Franklin Township, Darke County, Ohio, where 
she grew into womanhood. She fell in love with Aaron 
Brumbaugh of Montgomery County, to whom she was united 
in Holy Matrimony on October 16, 1920. They continued 
living with and caring for her grandparents, who so lov- 
ingly cared for her, until their death, both of whom 
were in their nineties • Grandpap was blind for 25 years 
which made this care more special. 

This union was blessed with two sons and one daughter. 
She and her husband answered the call of trie Spirit and 
were baptized into the Faith of the Old German Baptist 
Church, to which she remained faithful unto the end. 

She was a true and faithful companion standing by her 
husband as they tilled the soil as an occupation. She 
often toiled in the kitchen into the night after the fam- 
ily had retired, preparing food for the many hired hands 
that were necessary for their type of farming. She was 
a patient and loving person, always willing to put others 
before herself and making each person she knew feel spec- 
ial. 

She entered wayne- Hospital on January 20, 1990, and 
was diagnosed as having conjestive heart failure and 
pneumonia. Durinr her twelve day stay in the hospital 
she called for and received the anointing according to 
the instruction of the Apostle James which soothed her 
conscience. She returned home on February 1 at which 
time family and friends lovingly and faithfully cared 
for her around the clock until her passing. She often 
expressed a desire and prayed to go home. On Tuesday, 
July 17. * she took a turn for the worse and was admitted 
into the hospital in much pain. Her age and condition 
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sire and did all they could to make her feel co.mforta.ble 
until the Lord said it -was enough and sent an Angel down 
to release her spirit from a house of clay, to waft her 
away to be with Him. Thus her prayer to go home was an- 
swered, making her sojourn on earth 94 years, 5 months, 
and ^9 days. 

Those preceding her in death were her husband on March 
31 5 19$$, with whom she shared the joys and sorrows of 
life for 65 years. Also, two sons: William on April 10, 
1985, and Walter on June 1, 1985; four brothers: Silas 
R. , Charles E», Orville S. 3 and John D,; two sisters: 
Orpha D. Miller and Anna M« Geyer. She is survived by 
one daughter, Catherine (Mrs. Emanuel 0. Garber); two 
daughters-in-law, Emma Garber and Martha Baker; eight 
grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, two great- 
great-granddaughters and numerous nieces, nephews, cous- 
ins, and friends. 

Although Grandma r s prayer to go to her eternal reward 
has been answered, she will be greatly missed by all who 
knew and loved her, 

A short service was held at Kreitzer Funeral Home at 
9:15 A.M.. July 24. Further services were held at the 
Painter Greek meeting house at 10:00 by the home breth- 
ren. Proverbs 31, Psalms 90 and other related Scrip- 
tures were used. Hymns 390, 399, 443, 494, 455, 499 were 
used with 378 and 3B4 as the body was laid to rest in 
the Mote Cemetery to await the Resurrection Morn. 

—The Family 

MY MOTHER 

Oh y there's many a lox r ely picture 
On memory's silent wall; 
There's many a cherished image 
That I tenderly recall. 
The sweet home of my childhood 
With its singing brooks and birds, 
The friends who grew beside me 



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With their loving looks and words, 

The flowers that decked the wild-wood 

The roses fresh and sweet. 

The bluebells and the daisies 

That blossomed at my feet* 

All, all are very precious 

And often come to me, 

Like breezes from a better land 

Beyond life's troubled sea. 

But the sweetest, dearest picture 
That memory can create 

Is the image of my mother, 

My Mother at the gate. 

It is there I see her standing, 

With her face so pure and fair, 

With the sunlight and the shadows 

On her snowy cap and hair. 

I can feel the soft warm pressure 

Of the hand that clasped my own 

I can see the look of fondness 

That in her dark eyes shown , 

I can hear her precious blessing 

Through the lapse of weary years; 

I can see through all my sorrows 

Her own sweet silent tears, 

Ah I amid the darkest trials 

That have mingled with my fate 

I ha^e turned to that dear image — 

My Mother at the gate. 

— Catherine B. Garber 



BIRTH 

CRAWMER - A daughter, Jena Michelle, born September 8 
to Chris and Jill Crawmer of Tuolumne, California. 



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SUFFERINGS 

While walking through the woods one day, 

A thorn implanted itself along the way. 

Trie pain I felt brought to mind, 

A crown of thorns worn by a man, so patient and kind. 

While laboring one day carrying a sack, 
I felt a great pain come into my back. 
I thought of a cross carried by a man beaten and sore 
Who did no greater wrong than loving the sick, lonely, 
and poor. 

The pain of a nail that pierced the skin, 

Brought to mind a man suffering for my sin. 

Great spikes were driven through both hands and feet; 

Of this suffering man, so gentle and sweet . 

when a small wound caused a little blood to fall, 
I thouglt about the Son of God who shed His blood for all , 
To think He died for sin and shame He never entered in, 
Compares my greatest problem to the puncture of a sword 
to that of a pin. 

I planted a garden and saw life spring forth from seed. 
I thought of how Jesus Christ arose to destroy death, 

fear, and greed. 
My hope for life eternal, my staff along the way. 
Yes, He is more than a memory, for He hears me when I 

pray. 

— by James M. Hite 
Palmyra , Fen nsylv ania 



Although God wants a whole heart, He will accept a 
broken one if He gets all the pieces, 

—Selected 



12 Ptgtarttal 

THE BRETHREN ON SLAVERY 

Unlike the Ouakers, many of whose members owned slaves 
until their consciences were awakened by such Friends as 
John Woolm&n and Anthony Benezet, the Brethren from the 
first took a strong stand against the institution of hu- 
man bondage. In this they were completely in agreement 
with the strong protest against slaveholding drafted in 
the Germantown Quaker meeting of 1688 (with its strong 
Mennonite background), which has rightly achieved wide- 
spread notice as the first public declaration of the 
evils of slavery in North America* 

Christopher Sauer II followed his father in combatting 
slavery, writing strong editorials in his publications 
to influence public opinion against it* In 17&L he at- 
tacked the practice in his newspaper, Pennsylvan i s che 
Berichte, and added editorial comment after an advertise- 
ment for the recovery of a runaway slave which showed 
his position clearly* 

Editorial Statement of Christopher Sauer II 

February 15, 1761 
It is with the utmost regret that we learn that Germans 
are to engage in the nefarious slave traffic. Though they 
are well paid for everything they sell, they still be- 
grudge laborers, servants, or maidservants their pay. 
This godless traffic could find, up to the present, no 
safe footing in Pennsylvania, owing to the abhorrence 
the Germans still have for it. But, for some years now, 
even some of them have begun to take part in this great 
injustice. For, as merchants learn that these "black 
goods M find a ready market they engage in it. Thus we 
are assured that three ships have been sent from Phila- 
delphia to the African coast to steal these poor creatures, 
though this has never happened before. May God be merci- 
ful to our country before its measure of iniguity is full 
and the vials of His wrath are poured out upon it!" 



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Tl:ie advertiser had mentioned tattered clothing in de- 
scribing the runaway slave. 

July 31, 1761 
One has to wonder why the Negro was so senseless as 
to run away barefoot and wearing old clothes. He should 
have put on new ones I If masters often did right and 
properly to their employees and remembered that they 
have a Lord in heaven (Col. 4*1) $ many would not run 
away. But money is the root of all evil. 

John van Laschet to the Gcrmantown Congregation 

John van Laschet, of the Conestoga congregation, erred 
against the discipline of the church on slaveholding, 
which became a matter of concern for Germantown. The 
Annual Meeting of 1?82 spoke out on the same issue with 
due deliberation over appropriate f onus of freedom with- 
out causing hardship to the former chattel. 

June 24, 1775 

A warm greeting tc the dear and beloved congregation 
in Germantown. 

I wish you peace from God, the Father, from whom all 
good comes. I have found that I must make peace with 
God and therefore wish to exert every energy to recon- 
cile myself with Christ Jesus, as long as I remain in 
this life. 

Thus I find myself needing to beg you, all together, 
brethren and sisters, In anything where I may have sinned 
against you or angered you, be it in words or works, or 
otherwise in my conduct. I fervently beg your forgive- 
ness and hope in the future with the help of God to con- 
duct myself better- and more carefully. 

As far as I know, the greatest complaint was about a 
Negro woman, that I should let her go. That I have done, 
both her and her son. She wanted two of her children to 
be kept until they have earned some money, lest they be- 
come the wards of the township when they are old or ail- 
ing. And now I request you, dear brethren and sisters, 



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to pray for me that God may forgive me, for I have strayed 
from the faith and caused myself great pain. However, 
through the help of God I will flee from such and will 
run after righteousness and faith. 

If you wish to take the trouble, send a brief letter 
to me or to the congregation in Conestoga. Otherwi.se, 
when I go some will receive me as a brother, and some 
will not know where they stand. Thus I would upset them, 
until they knew how to treat me. 

I command myself to your corporate prayers. Written 
by your sincere well-wisher arid fellow brother, 

John van Laschet 
^ rom The Brethren in Co l onial America by Donald P. Brumbaugh 






OOMMJNION MEETING NOTICES 









We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old 
Brethren have appointed October 13 and 14, the Lord 
willing, for our Fall Love feast Communion to be held 
at our meeting house near Bradford, Ohio, 

& Communion is also appointed for Sunday, September 
23, with the Canadian members near Maple, Ontario. 

We extend a hearty invitation to all our members and 
friends to attend these meetings. 

— Melvin Coning 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Saiida on December 1 and 2. We 
sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren and 
sisters and friends to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and spiritual revival. May God richly 
bless this coming meeting and all who attend. 

— Joseph L. Cover 



FOR YOUTH 
HARK! THE VOICE OF JESUS CALLING 

In Acts 4 we find Peter and John preaching and per- 
forming miracles; causing people to praise God and be- 
lieve in Jesus as their Saviour. The priests, captains, 
and Sadducees, however, did not appreciate their teach- 
ing and questioned the power in which they did these 
miracles. Peter and John, being filled with the Holy 
Spirit, boldly proclaimed Christ to these priests, cap- 
tains, and Saducees — high class people. It didn't mat- 
ter to them that they were speaking to highly learned 
men; they were concerned for men's souls, no matter who 
they were. I'm sure Peter and John still heard the 
voice of their beloved Master calling out to men and 
teaching them. It impressed these men for they could 
tell they were unlearned and ignorant. Finally they 
decided to threaten them not to speak in the name of 
Jesus, But Peter and John declared that it was more im- 
portant to them to hearken to God rather than men, "For 
we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and 
heard. lf (v, 20,/ 

It is so easy for us to hearken to men, to the world 
and its excitement; but it is exciting to be living for 
Jesus, because it fulfills our very inner being. It 
brings alive our very souls like we've never experienceo 
before because the world has nothing to offer when it 
comes to the soul. The soul is the only thing that 
really counts: it is you. That is why Christ came- — 
to save you and take care of you. 

The word "barken" means "to listen; give heed or at- 
tend to what is said". It's time to tune out the world 
and tune in Christ. "Attend" to the voice of Jesus 
calling, for He is calling you. "Hark I the Voice of 
Love and Mercy", the most important thing in the world, 
"Hark! My Soul, It is the Lord", the source of peace and 
true happiness. Attend to His Word, study it and digest 
it into your heart. Attend to prayer, seeking God and 
telling Him everything. Attend to His people who are 
here to assist you and help guide you. Yes, ATTENTIONS 
The Voice of Jesus is Calling You I "...Behold, now is 
the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. !T 
(IT 0or> 6:2) —linn Cable 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
CLIMBING TREES 

The other day I saw a picture of a little boy in a 
big tree reaching out to get a big red apple. It is 
again the time of year that you children will be climbing 
the tree of learning and reaching out to get that apple. 
You have plenty of paper and books. There is no shortage 
of learning material. The only way to be good students 
is to do your best. Tell yourself that you will reach 
the biggest apple in the tree. 

Abe Lincoln was born when there wasn't a lot of paper 
to write on and very few books. When he was seven, he 
had to help support his family. His total formal edu- 
cation was less than one year. He read every book he 
could get, and he made his own arithmetic book. Because 
there was a shortage of paper, Abe would do his arithme- 
tic problems on a board, then shave it off and use it 
again and again. There were no chalk boards then. In 
spite of the hardships, Abe was determined to learn. 
Today you have plenty of paper and books and also good 
teachers. As Abe climbed the tree of learning, he 
wouldn't have gotten the apple if he wouldn't have wisely 
used the material he had. How thankful we should be for 
good books to learn from. We have paper instead of using 
boards to write on. God gave us these good things, and 
He expects us to learn while we have the opportunity. 
Let's not forget to thank God for our God-fearing 
teachers. 

— Everett Oyler 

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VOL, 37 OCTOBER, 1990 NO. 10 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2.11 



GLORIOUS FREEDOM 

Once I was bound by sin f s galling fetters, 
Chained like a slave I struggled in vain; 
But I received a gloriotis freedom, 
When Jesus broke my fetters in twain. 

Freedom from all the carnal affections, 

Freedom from envy, hatred, and strife; 

Freedom from vain and worldly ambitions, 

Freedom from all that saddened my life. 

Freedom from pride and all sinful follies, 
Freedom from glitter and love of gold; 
Freedom from evil temper and anger , * 
Glorious freedom, rapture untold. 

Freedom from fear with all of its torments, 
Freedom from care with all of its pain; 
Freedom in Christ my blessed Redeemer, 
He who has rent my fetters in twain. 

Glorious freedom, wonderful freedom, 
No more in chains of sin I repine 1 
Jesus the glorious Emancipator, 
Mow and forever He shall be mine. 

— Haldor Lillenas 



THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

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LOOKING TO OUR MAKER 

A tiny hummingbird sips nectar from a feeder outside 
our window as I begin to write. Its wings are a blurr 
of speed as it hovers still enough to probe its long beak 
beyond the bee guard to the sweetness inside. Its feet 
are tucked in, and it is streamlined and swift as a dart 
as it flies to an unseen perch in a tree. These special 
creatures of God are so active and spend so much energy 
for their size that they must eat frequently most of 
every day. 

In a tree nearby are several banty roosters calling 
out their morning songs. They are so much like the hum- 
mingbird and yet so different — clumsy and crude by com- 
parison. Yet both show the skill and design of a Creator 
far more than human. 

Also in my vision are man-made things: a metal gate, 
buildings, table and chairs, a quilt in the frame, books, 
pictures, dishes, and much more. These and their makeup 
are more understandable. These were brought about by the 
efforts and technology of man still using the material, 
and principles created by God. So it is with all the 
visable world we live in. We see the handiwork of God 
and the more crude and flawed works of men. The quilt 
is beautiful and the buildings useful^ but they cannot 
compare to the feathers of the rooster nor to the precise 
body of the hxxmmingbird. 

In Isaiah 17 under "the burden of Damascus, " are these 
words (verses 7-8): "At that day shall a man look to his 
Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of 
Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of 
his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers 
have made, either the groves, or the images." In the day 
of this prophecy, Syria (Damascus) was confederate with 
Israel against Judah. The burden of Damascus was 
directed to both Syria and Israel. The good move of man's 
"looking to his Maker" appears to be the results of God's 
chastisement upon him. In this passage we can find a 
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The sin of Sodom was "pride, fulness of bread, and 
abundance of idleness. 11 (Ezekiel 16:49) Would this not 
accurately describe our time? God has not punished us, 
but rather He has showered prosperity and abundance on 
our nation. He has allowed men to invent and develop 
(create) many labor-saving devices . Does this kind of 
favor from God make men praise Him as it should? Uncon- 
verted, unbelieving hearts still go on in pride and self- 
ishness — worshipping the work of their own hands. 

But some might protest that idolatry like Isaiah pro- 
claimed against is not a problem of our time. Yes, 
Isaiah's pronouncement was against Idols and men worship- 
ping the work of their own hands and fingers, Jesus said 
in Luke 12:1$, "Take heed and beware of covetousness; 
for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the 
things which he possesseth . " Paul writes in Colossians 
3: 5 j "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the 
earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, 
evil concupiscence, and covetousness which is idolatry . 11 
Here covetousness is placed by Paul in some ted company. 
We tend to think of it as simply desiring to have some- 
thing you don't need. Paul's ranking it "with gross sins 
and calling it idolatry shows the real character of 
covetousness* * 

In reality, worshipping the works of man's own hands 
does describe the godlessness of our tMe. Marvelous in- 
deed are the inventions around us* Computers and elec- 
tronic devices of all kinds are doing things that would 
be called miracles by our ancestors. It is indeed like 
11 walking a tightrope" for Christians to use the modern 
inventions without abusing them and allowing them to be 
idols to us. 

We recently heard that men are giving God the silent 
treatment. Perhaps some will remember the story of the 
two sisters who lived In the same house for years but 
had the room divided carefully into two areas and even 
the door divided so that one used one side and the other 
used the other side. And they never spoke to each other. 
They both nursed grudges against the other— all to their 



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own detriment* Today men are ignoring God — pretending 
that He is not there. 

Gould it be that the very goodness of tk>d in blessing 
His creatures so much is the means of man's pride and 
selfishness and his ignoring of his Creator? In Isaiah's 
time God's chastisement upon Syria and Israel seemed to 
lead man to look to his Maker, 

Paul calls to man in Romans 2:4, "Or despiseet thou 
the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuf^ 
fering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee 
to repentance?" Yes, man should repent in our time when 
we see the goodness of God poured out so freely upon us. 
It should cause us to see all the inventions and conven- 
iences around us in the proper perspective. These 
"things" are only worthwhile if they are helpful in God's 
kingdom. One minister stated that whatever we are doing 
or studying or learning — if it is not helping us in our 
Christian life, it is not worth our time. How true! 
After all, what is our purpose in life? To look to our 
Maker and that our eyes have respect to the Holy One of 
Israel is a good start in our relationship to God. 

Possibly the greatest example of ignoring God is man's 
theory of evolution. This is a deliberate turning away 
from our Maker and an exalting of the results of man's 
own reasoning. It is enlightening to read the proofs 
that true scientists give of the creation and the world- 
wide flood. "But more important is believing the record 
God has given. Man should not have to "see" to "believe." 
Jesus after His resurrection told Thomas, "Thomas, because 
thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they 
that have not seen., and yet have believed." A song pro- 
claims that "believing is seeing" when it comes to the 
issues of life. 

Another example of man's ignoring (ignorance) of God 
is the advance in our country of the oriental concepts 
of religion. Our local paper printed the results of an 
interview with people on the street. The question was 
"What were you in your previous existance?" All the six 
answers printed gave some idea of what they thought they 



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had been in a former life] Not one gave a testimony to 
the truth. 

How long will it be till man in these last times will 
turn to his Maker? What will it take? May we who pro- 
fess to be born again and forgiven through the atonement 
of Jesus Christ, see the goodness of God in our day and 
the responsibility it places upon us. May we truly look 
to our Maker, recognise Him as Creator and forsake the 
idolatry of our time— the work of man's hands and fin- 
gers • May we by word and example call men to Calvary 
and there see God's answer to man's need. — L.C. 

Be strong! 
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift > 
We have hard work to do and loads to lift. 
Shun not the struggle; face it; 
■Tis God's gift. 

Be strong 1 
Say not the days are evil — who's to blame I 
And fold the hands and acquiesce — shame! 
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, 
In God's name. 

» 
Be strong! 
It matters not how deep intrenched the wrong, 
How hard the battle goes, the day, how long; 
Faint not, fight oni Tomorrow 
Comes the song. 

Maltbie D. Babcock 1858-1901 



RECEIVING THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS A LITTLE CHILI; 

Mark 10:15: "Verily I say unto you^ Whosoever shall 
not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he 
shall not enter therein. 11 

The four gospels record Jesus as speaking of the king- 
dom of God (of heaven, My Kingdom, etc.) approximately 



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116 times. 

We prayerfully stand on "Holy Ground" as we consider 
this text. 

Jesus appreciated and emphasized the simple innocence 
of babes and small children. His pure, sinless being 
welcomed the touch and presence of innocent children. 
His heart and Spirit claimed and blessed them as His own. 
He knew His redeeming blood would atone for Adam's trans- 
gression and fall from Eden's Garden and would avail for 
the safe arrival of those who die in their innocence, in- 
to Christ's spiritual Kingdom. 

The children listened to Him without doubt or question 
of His authority* Even so must each disciple of His, 
open his heart to receive the "Words of Spirit and of 
life," given Him by His Father to speak. (John 6:63, 14:24) 
Somewhere in simple faith each one was to experience a 
"closeted aloneness" with the Father. 

My earthly father, when they built the new five-bed- 
room house, wanted a closet with a door in each bedroom. 
In simple-minded faith, he so fastened upon each child 
the believer's need to "pray to thy Father in secret." 
Here our childish lips which had learned the simple 
prayer of childhood, could, alone with God, behind a shut 
door, pray to the "Father who seeth in secret." Christ's 
simple directives of Matt. 6:6 both challenge and invite 
the inner heart-love of each disciple believer: "Enter 
into thy closet (room); and when thou hast shut thy door 
pray to thy Father in secret." There is here a "shut- 
inness" and "aloneness with the Father" — and, a "shut- 
outness" of the world, its people, and its things. It 
is indeed an act of faith and of obedient love. 

The Apostle John who well knew this aloneness with God 
also well knew the experience and the language of true 
heart-love of God, He writes in I John 2:15, "Love not 
the world, neither the things that are in the world. If 
any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in 
him." 

As each human is a soul in a human body in God's like- 
ness, even so each soul has the capacity to love another. 
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bility of choosing its object of first-love confronts the 
intellect for decision. 

The human body with its inherited sinful nature reaches 
out for those things of time and sense. And if left to 
these desires, the love life becomes perverted, and, 
lowering itself in acts of sin, becomes an inner center 
of lusts and pride. (I John 2:16) Essekiel 18;4b: "The 
soul that sinneth, it shall die/ 1 but (Psalm 111:10) "The 
fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." 

When there is a sense of God—fear, the ever blessed 
Holy Spirit, in His own way and time, draws and constrains 
the soul to (Isaiah 55:6) "Seek the Lord while He may be 
found, call ye upon Him while He is near." 

As the Holy Spirit impresses upon the soul its great 
need of fulfillment of purpose in forgiveness and renewal. 
a heart-cry of soul -longing finds its way to the lips in 
simple expressive words — words of repentance and heart- 
belief in Jesus. These first inner experiences with God 
are to be inner pearls of memory of individual experience 
of our first real heart cry to God. "Thy Father who 
seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." Only a loving 
heavenly Father could give the starting word of a new vo- 
cabulary of speech. Gal. 4:6; "And because ye are sons, 
God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, 
crying, Abba, Father, (my own Father; As with all new- 
born babes, this first cry is one of desire for the pure 
milk of the word. (I Pet. 2:2) Obedience starts in con- 
fessing Christ before men. 

We may well note a few of the recorded heart -cries of 
men and women of faith. 

Eve, our first mother, after her struggles and child- 
birth pain, in her heart-cry of faith in God's promise 
to her, cries out the name of each Bible recorded son of 
hers. 

Gen. 16:7-14 shows how a certain well in the wilder- 
ness received its name. This rather difficult (to us) 
najme was started by the heart-cry of Hagar, the slave 
woman at her extremity, alone before God in the wilder- 
ness. After the angel visit she obediently prepared to 
return. V.13 u And she called the name of the Lord who 



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spake unto her, Thou God seest me, for she said, Have I 
also here looked after him that seeth me?" 

Exodus 33:15 records the heart-cry of Moses, God's 
chosen leader of Israel. After administering God's judg- 
ment on Israel's first idolatry, Moses intercedes with 
God to continue with them. In V. 14 God said, "My pres- 
ence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." 
Note in V. 15-16 how Moses clung to God's promise of His 
divine presence. "If thy presence go not with us, carry 
us not up hence*" 

The Psalms contain many of David's out-cries to God. 
He seeks to give assurance to the youth of his day, in 
Ps- 34, to cry out to God in their distresses* V. 15-18: 
"The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his 
ears are open to their cries. The face of the Lord is 
against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of 
them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord 
heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; 
and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." 

Many heart-cries are recorded in the New Testament. 
We note two here from humble hearts. Mark 9:23,24: 
"Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things 
are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the 
father of the child cried out and said with tears, Lord, 
I believe; help thou mine unbelief." 

John 11:26,2?: "And whosoever liveth and believeth 
in me shall never die. Believeth thou this? She (Martha) 
saith unto Him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the 
Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world." 

As the mother and attendants listen anxiously for that 
first cry of the newborn, so infinitely more does God 
listen to that first heart -cry of a repentant sinner. 
His attending Holy Spirit hovers and moves over the scene 
even as He did over the "face of the waters" in Creation. 
(Gen. 1:2) Even as the unseen wind blowing where it will, 
"so is everyone that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:8) 
How assuring are Christ's words of Mat. 7:8: "For every- 
one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; 
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." 



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An old hymn says: 

"My Saviour is found in all places below; 
His mercies abound and His grace overflows. 
A temple, a closet, I find everywhere, 
And Jesus is waiting to bless me in prayer; 



— James D. Cover 
Modesto, California 



THE LOSS OF HOLINESS 

Hebrews 12:14: "Follow peace with all men, and holi- 
ness, without which no man shall see the Lord,' 1 

We are busy fighting all types of isms and schisms, 
the latest probably being the New Age Movement, and 
rightly so. However, in our zeal, we may have over- 
looked the real culprit, the loss of holiness. The Greek 
word that had been translated "holiness" in our opening 
verse is "hagiasmos." The meaning of this word is "puri- 
ty. " There is no doubt that the earthly church as a 
whole has lost her purity. But perhaps even more devas- 
tating is the fact that she has lost the real meaning of 
purity (holiness). 

We believe there are at least three major reasons why 
the earthly church has lost her holiness. The first of 
these is the modern day emphasis of "soul winning." Now, 
we believe that a church should be evangelistic and we 
are persuaded that the primary work of the Church is to 
spread the glorious Gospel to the unsaved. The problem 
comes in when WE are convinced that our own efforts can 
win souls for the Kingdom. This is why entertainment has 
replaced gospel preaching in many churches. Over and be- 
yond this is the Scriptural truth that no one can be 
saved unless the Holy Spirit convicts and convinces a 
sinner of his need of a Saviour. 

The second reason the earthly church has lost her 
holiness is an unscriptural emphasis on church standards. 
Again, we are not opposed to church standards. In fact, 
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who desire to be a part of a fellowship, Bat the prob- 
lem comes in when we confuse our standards with Bible 
holiness* True Bible holiness is NOT the works of man. 
It is the Holy Spirit working within man. It must be 
preceded by a true born again experience through the 
shed blood of Jesus Christ. 

The third reason the earthly church has lost her holi- 
ness is that many are following the understanding of man 
in place of the wisdom of God* Many argue that there is 
no need for such things as modesty and loving not the 
things of this world. Even the old time Galvanists, who 
we have much disagreement with, taught a need of holiness 
that included separation and a clean life. Today's 
"Armenian Calvanists" deny the need of a holy life to 
enter Heaven. Unfort\mately, they have had a great in- 
fluence on our Brethren thinking in many areas* 

Without holiness no man shall see the Lord* There- 
fore, holiness is a Yery important subject* To lose it 
is to lose our means of salvation. 



-James M. Hite 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 



MEDITATIONS 

HUMAN GREED 
Jeremiahl7:9: "The heart is deceitful above all 
things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? M The 
world is in great turmoil today. Nations have suppressed 
their aspirations for fear of each other, and now when 
this fear is lifted, all want to obtain the desires of 
their hearts, and have that desire satisfied first. So 
it does seem the time for the Lord to come and rule over 
all is near* Man cannot solve the problems. 

DO WE REALLY BELIEVE? 

When we read about the Apostles, we are inclined to 
wonder why they were so slow to believe all that Jesus 
told them* Bat when we examine ourselves, don't we find 
ourselves having the same difficulty to believe all that 
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coming events. The difference is so great from anything 
we've seen, we cannot visualize it in our minds, except 
as revealed by the Spirit. We are told very plainly of 
the thousand year reign of Christ on this earth, when 
Satan will be bound, and then on his release he will 
gather the nations to try to overthrow Christ's Kingdom. 

GRACE, UNMERITED FAVOR 

Luke 23:34: "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; 
for they know not what they do." This is perhaps the 
best example we have of forgiving grace. God does for- 
give ignorance, but He uses many means to try to correct 
man, and bring man to repentance. 

LOCKING aHEAD, NOT BACK 

Luke 9:62: "No man, having put his hand to the 
plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God," 
So we see that while we may have pleasant memories of 
the past, the future should be our main interest. The 
world's present money system seems to be falling apart 
with uncontrolled interest charges that have reached fan- 
tastic amounts on paper records, always dividing ^rich and 
poor. We, who are expecting Jesus 's return should be 
looking for His coming as the perplexity of nations in- 
crease. 

—■Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



We shall not mind the whiteness of our hair, 

Or that slow steps falter on the stair, 

Or that young friends hurry as they pass, 

Or what strange image greets us in the glass, 

If we can feel, as roots feel in the sod, 

That we are growing old to bloom; 

Before the face of God. 

— Selected by Aaron and Elizabeth Skiles 



12 YOUR FIELD OF LABOR 

If you cannot on the ocean 

Sail among the swiftest fleet, 
Rocking on the highest billows, 

Laughing at the storms you meet, 
You can stand among the sailors 

Anchored yet within the bay, 
You can lend a hand to help them, 

As they launch their boats away. 

If you are too weak to journey 

Up the mountain steep and high, 
You can stand within the valley 

Miile the multitudes go by; 
You can chant in happy measure 

As they slowly pass along, 
Though they may forget the singer, 

They will not forget the song. 

Do not, then, stand idly waiting 

For some greater work to do; 
Fortune is a lazy loafer, 

And will never come to you; 
Go, and toil in any vineyard, 

Do not fear to do or dare; 
If you want a field of labor, 

You can find it anywhere. 



-Selected by Everett Oyler 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on December 1 and 2. We 
sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren and 
sisters and friends to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and spiritual revival. May God richly 
bless this coming meeting and all who attend. 

—•Joseph L. Cover 






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FOR YOUTH 
BOYFRIEND. . .GIRLFRIEND 

Among the young people of the world, boyfriend. . .girl- 
friend talk flows freely. Often young children are heard 
teasing each other about boyfriends or girlfriends. In- 
deed, it is not uncommon to hear parents teasing their 
children in this way. 

Perhaps such conduct is to be expected among unbeliev- 
ers. Bat should these things be found among the believ- 
ers? What are the implications? 

A very serious one is that it makes light of the ord- 
inance of marriage. It cheapens the purpose of courtship 
and marriage. The only valid purpose of courtship is to 
find the life companion God would have us to live and 
work with to fulfill His will for us. This teasing puts 
courtship on the level of entertainment or sensual pleas- 
ure. In many communities if someone is not engaged in 
courtship by the time he (or she) is sixteen years old 
(perhaps younger) , he is out of style. Social pressure 
demands it. It is the acceptable entertainment among 
young people in such communities. 

A very serious implication is that it often makes it 
difficult for parents to hold the respect and cooperation 
of their children. Thus it militates against the home. 

Such teasing often causes the mind to be occupied in 
such a way as to make it difficult to retain or* develop 
interest in spiritual things. It creates an atmosphere 
that is anti-spiritual. 

It stimulates and awakens mating desires prematurely 
and thus promotes sexual impurity and immorality, and 
leads to marriage at too young an age, before proper 
maturity. 

It makes dating the purpose to be sought in all the 
young people do. It replaces proper goals and thus in- 
terferes with important developments that should be 
taking place during those years. The important thing at 
sixteen and eighteen years of age is not getting married, 



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but becoming fit spiritually, mentally, emotionally, 
and physically for a life of obedient service to God, 
and a happy home life in the future if He so leads. 

It encourages promiscuous dating and that at an age 
when young people have not learned to control themselves 
sufficiently without adult supervision. It is unfair to 
them to encourage or allow them to be placed in circum- 
stances where they are subjected to such temptations. 
The Bible plainly says marriage is for a man, not a boy. 

It breaks down a proper reserve toward the opposite 
sex and makes young people feel too bold and immodest and 
frivolous toward each other. It develops unnatural pur- 
suits and interests in youth at this age. Parental re- 
straint is then looked upon as out-of-date, especially 
that of the more spiritual, the more careful and strict 
parents. It makes young people feel unnatural and awk- 
ward in one another's presence, especially those who are 
not going together but are teased about each other as 
though they were. 

Such false buildup makes it harder for a young per- 
son to be resigned to not being married. 

It develops an atmosphere and spirit of competition 
which is unchristian. Associated with this are jealousy, 
envy, cliques, rivalry, and hard or bitter feelings. All 
these are part of the carnal life. 

It creates an environment in which it is very diffi- 
cult for a young person to make a wise choice of a life 
companion. 

V/e would think it were mockery and sacreligious if 
someone would tease another about his interest in taking 
steps toward observing any of the other Christian ord- 
inances or principles of Scripture. It is indeed unfor- 
tunate that these things ^re found to some extent among 
most church groups. We would like to plead for a radical 
change in this matter. 

Parents, we can do much by kindly and carefully in- 
structing our young people in this matter and by not 
allowing it to go on in the home environment. Here is 
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allows it at home, it feeds into the young people of 
other families in the church circle. Everyone must do 
his part. 

Ministers can do much to instruct their people from 
the pulpit and by urging parents to take matters in hand 
at home and stand behind them. 

The schools are often full of such talk among upper 
elementary grades especially. Does this have to be, 
brethren? We answer, "No!" By a clear understanding 
with the teachers and a careful supervision by board 
members and parents, it can be controlled. 

Finally, may we make an urgent appeal to you Christian 
young people who have shown such a fine teachable atti- 
tude, a willingness to learn and grow in all the will of 
God. Much will depend on you. You can do something 
about it in your circles. Take a personal stand on the 
matter, and then kindly help others to do the same. 
May we adorn the doctrine of God in this matter. Satan 
has perverted courtship and marriage and has reached far 
into our circles with his perversion* God is calling us 
back to holiness, purity 5 soberness, seriousmindedness, 
kindness, fairness — all in His fear. 

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom 1 ' in 
this as well as in aU matters. 



-By Paul M. Landis 
Selected from The Christian Example 



A BLESSING 

May you always be happy , 
And may your days be bright, 
May you follow Jesus, 
And stay in holy light. 

Oh, may God shine His blessings 
From His Heaven above , 
May He choose your own soul 
In that kingdom of love. 

— Linda Blocher 



CHILDREN'S FAG3 

WHAT A FRIEND I 

Sometimes children say, "When I get big I want 
to be like Daddy." This is good. You couldn't 
please your parents any better. One time when 
Jesus was a child, He asked the question, "Shouldn't 
I be about my Father's business?" 

When Jesus was growing up, there were sick and 
crippled children just like we have today. When 
He played with them He had compassion, and wanted 
somehow to help them. He knew His Father could 
make them well again. 

We were with a twelve^ear-old boy that had no 
arms. He had climbed a tree and got hold of an 
electric wire and had to have his arms taken off 
at the shoulders. ("What would you and I do if sud- 
denly we had no arms?) One and a half years later 
he could ride a bicycle anywhere he wanted to go. 
He can write with his toes and fold and fly paper 
airplanes with his feet. Even with this great 
handicap, he is a cheerful boy and sings praises 
to God. 

When Jesus grew to manhood He made sick and crip- 
pled people well. All He had to do was touch them, 
and they were healed. People were always wanting 
Him to heal someone. One time a man was let down 
through the roof on a bed, so he could get close 
to Jesus and be healed. If Jesus were here today, 
He could touch this little boy and he would have 
arms. Even though today we are not made well this 
way, Jesus still touches our lives and we are made 
whole. 

WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT JESUS? 

— Everett Oyler 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:n 



WE PRAISE THEE* GOD, OUR REDEEMER 

We praise Thee, God, 

our Redeemer, Creator. 
In grateful devotion 

our tribute we bring, 
We lay it before Thee, 

we kneel and adore Thee, 
We bless Thy holy name, 

glad praises we sing. 

We worship Thee, God of our fathers, 

we bless Thee; 
Through life's storm and tempest 

our Guide hast Thou been. 
When perils o'ertake us, 

escape Thou wilt make us, 
And with Thy help, Lord, 

our battles we win. 

With voices united 

our praises we offer, 
To Thee, great Jehovah, 

glad anthems we raise. 
Thy strong arm will guide us, 

our God is beside us; 
To Thee, our great Redeemer, 

forever be praise. 

—Julia Bulkey Cady Gory, &9Q2 



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THOUGHTS ON THANKFULNESS 

Tonight I am full, but I know many are hungry. I am 
happy tonight , but many are sad. I am comfortable, but 
many are miserable. I am healthy, while many are sick. 
I am prosperous when millions in the world are poor. I 
have a home, but many are homeless. I have heard the 
Gospel of Jesus all my life, but many have not yet heard 
it once. Why? I don't know. 

I don*t know why I was born in a free country to 
Christian parents. I don't know why so many people must 
be born in homes of ignorance or vice or no homes at all. 
But I do know that I should be thankful. I know also that 
I bear more responsibility because of all these advantages. 
And I know that God is fair and that what He does is right 
and good. 

I know that God did not spare Himself when He sent His 
Son into the world to die for His fallen creatures. The 
love of God in Jesus reaches to all men; He wants all to 
be saved. It is by His great love and mercy that He called 
Israel. (Deuteronomy 7:6-8) It is for His mercy that we 
should plead as Daniel did. (9:18) 

Each year we set aside a day for thanksgiving. We 
gather together, usually by families, and feast on the 
good things God has given. We are like David wrote in 
the Shepherd Psalm: "My cup runneth over." 

We return from the grocery store and can hardly stag^- 
ger in with the load of good things we buy. Our bulk 
tanks are full. Our grain bins need to be expanded. Our 
bank accounts are giving good returns . We are truly rich 
if we take world averages into account. 

How are we in the spiritual things? I Timothy 6:17-19 
says, "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they 
be not highminded, rvor trust in uncertain riches, but in 
the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 
That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready 
to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store 
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that they may lay hold on eternal life." Only if we can 
be this way, can we justify our possession of all we 
have. Paul writes to the Christians at Corinth 
(1 Cor. 4:7,8) , "...what hast thou that thou didst not 
receive. . .Now ye are full, now ye are rich..." This just 
about describes us, doesn't it? How it should make us 
more devoted to our Lord and more willing to share, more 
kind, more loving. But, sad to say, many times it does 
not work that way. 

People respond better to poverty than to prosperity. 
They are usually more thankful in adversity. When the 
artists make pictures of thankful people, they don*t show 
the rich and affluent. In an accurate description of our 
tajnes in Romans 1^ Paul includes the vice, "neither were 
thankful. " How sad that men so blessed with material 
things would be less thankful than those in need I 

We can be glad that our country is one that recommends 
thanksgiving by setting aside a special day for all to 
give thanks. In 1865, the question came before the An- 
nual Meeting of the Brethren: "Is it according to the 
order of the brethren and the spirit of the Gospel for 
the brethren to order and obey those proclamations made 
by the President of the United States and governors of 
the states recommending the observance of certain days 
such as Thanksgiving Days?" I like the answer that was 
given: "Yes, if such proclamations do not conflict with 
the spirit of the Gospel." 

Thanksgiving from true hearts of the people of God 
does not conflict with the spirit of the Gospel. May 
we be more and more aware of our blessings and privileges 
as followers of Jesus and as residents in a land of abun- 
dance. 

May our lives and not just our words prove that we 
are aware both of God's grace and mercy and of our total 
undeserving of this grace. 

"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." (Jesus) 
(II Corinthians 9:15) — L.C. 



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THANKSGIVING 

T hank you Lord, we voice Thy praise, 

H oly art Thou, through everlasting days. 

A Son You gave to set men free. 

N.ow humbly we bow before the blessed Trinity, 

K neeling down before the throne of grace, 

S eeking Your love until we can see Your face. 

G od the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three in one, 

I nto Thy presence we come praying Thy will be done. 

V ictory songs - songs of love, joy, and THANKS we bring. 

I nto Thy presence, Lord, we came, our song of thanks to 

sing. 
N ow Lord, accept this humble praise, and bless us as Thy 

will may be. 
G ive unto us our daily needs, and Lord we ever GIVE 

THANKS to Thee. 

— James M. Hite 



THANK YOU, LORD 

There is so little I can say. 

My words of thanks are very Weak. 
But still my heart in gratitude 

Must even try to speak. 

The thanks of nature is expressed 
By earth and sea, by stars and sun. 

Each has a language of its own 

To speak its thanks. My heart has none. 

There is no language great enough. 

No spoken or no written word, 
To say the half of that I mean 

When I say, "Thank you, Lord." 

— Lorie C # Gooding 



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COMMITMENT 

In the fifth chapter of Romans the apostle Paul says, 
"•..we glory in trubulations also: knowing that tribui 
lation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and 
experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because 
the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy 
Ghost which is given unto us." 

We often sing a song that says 
"Jesus, I my cross have taken, 
All to leave and follow thee; 11 

Both the apostle's statement and the song speak of 
commitment . 

Most readers of this article will likely be those who 
have publicly committed their lives to Christ. I wonder 
how often most of us consider what this means? 

If the Lord allows tragedy to come close to take our 
loved ones, or brings poor health, or other losses into 
our life, do we receive it willingly? Can we thank Him 
for adversity as well as for the pleasant times? What 
price are we willing to pay to have His blessing? I 
believe it requires our all! He may or may not ask us 
to give it all up. That is in His hand. We can be 
assured that He knows if there is anything we would not 
willingly give up. Do we know? 

Can we truly, as the apostle says, "glory in tribu- 
lation 11 ? Can we recognize the blessing of adversity? 
Our greatest trials are often our greatest blessings. 
They teach us a little more about the great value of 
His promise. One song puts it like this: 
"If in the dust of the twilight, 
Dim be the regions afar, 
Will not the deepening darkness, 
Brighten the glimmering star? 

Certainly the darkness of adversity or tragedy brings 
out the brightness and value of God's promises in a way 
we cannot otherwise experience. 

May the difficulties and adversity we meet only serve 
to deepen our commitment and make us more submissive to 
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More like Thee, we like to say, 
Make us this and every day; 
Lord, we want to do thy will! 
Show us; guide us; keep us, still 1 

Easy words are these to say, 
When we're not found in the fray. 
Are the3?- really from our heart , 
Even when in pain we smart? 

Lord, we say, "Thy will be done," 
Ere the battle is begun. 
Then when grief and sorrow flow, 
And temptation 1 s strong winds blow, 

Then in truth we demonstrate, 
If that we can trust and wait. 
Is the thing that we profess, 
Still the thing that we possess? 

May it ever be our goal, 

To the Lord to yield our soul, 

Pliable to be the clay, 

That His hand may hold full sway* 

— James Beery 

Nappanee , Indiana 



CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN ATTIRE 

The pirpose of this article will be to discuss the 
general Biblical principles regarding Christian attire 
and the traditional "order" of the Brethren Church in 
its application. 

In order to discuss this subject intelligently, it 
seems necessary to notice two apparently extreme and 
opposite views concerning it. On the one hand, there are 
those who assert that it is unimportant what we wear, 
that "clothes do not make a Christian, and if the heart 
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are many who seem to thirk that the clothes we wear and 
other outward appearance constitute the total witness 
and proof of Christian discipleship. toe believe both 
attitude s are equally unscriptural . 

It is true that "clothes 11 do not make a Christian. 
But we feel certain, and hope to demonstrate in this 
article , that there are but few persons (Christian or 
non-christian) who actually think it unimportant what 
kind of clothes they wear. For people in all walks of 
life will try to dress in a manner consistent with their 
occupation or position in society. They will either con- 
sciously or unconsciously express their individuality or 
character in their clothes. Therefore the clothes which 
we wear become a SIGN to others of what we are, or what 
we think we are, or of what we wish others to think we 
are. 

We are told and have observed that clothing is one of 
the most studied and discussed subjects in society; and 
people will admire others— or be shocked— by the kind 
of clothes they wear. 

James Qu inter, in an aricle entitled "Christian Ap^- 
parel," in the Gospel Visitor , 1865, says, "It is thought 
by many that the subject of clothing is too trifling to 
occupy the attention of intelligent people, as it belongs 
to the exterior of the Christian and not the heart, and 
as the heart is the seat of the Christian graces and emo- 
tions, the dress can have little to do with Christian 
character. » 

It has been said by some writer that 'Flowers are 
not trifles, as one might know from the care that God 
has taken of them everywhere.' And further, can anything 
be justly considered a trifle that has ever occupied the 
attention of God; or upon which He has given laws and 
precepts?" 

Clothing was the first thing of concern and urgency 
to Adam and Eve after they had sinned in Eden. And God 
was equally concerned about how they were dressed and 
was totally unsatisfied with their ideas and means of 
clothing themselves. So important it was, and so great 
was their need, that it cost the life of another of the 



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living creatures which God had made to properly clothe 
them. The inference is that this was the beginning of 
the slaying and sacrificing of animal life on earth. 
The manner in which God clothed them undoubtedly had 
both a practical and significant purpose: first, to 
protect their naked bodies, and also for a SIGN to remind 
them of the result of their sin. 

Perhaps many are unaware of how often the manner in 
which individuals are clothed is mentioned in the Bible 
and what it signifies. First, our attention is directed 
to Exodus and Leviticus where a description is given of 
the beautiful garments of Aaron and his sons which were 
to be worn "before the Lord" in the Tabernacle and Altar 
services. There can be no doubt but that the various 
orders of the priests' garments were for SIGNS of certain 
truths concerning their service and relationship to God, 
both present and future. 

Some other Scriptures describing how certain Bible 
characters were dressed and the signification of various 
kinds of clothing are as follows: 

Tamer, David's daughter, had a garment of divers 
colors, "For with such robes were the kings' daughters 
who were virgins clothed." (II Sanul3:18) Daniel was 
clothed with scarlet. (Dan. 5:29) John the Baptist was 
clothed with "raiment of camel's hair, and leathern gir- 
dle about his loins." (Matt. 3*4) The rich man was 
clothed with purple and fine linen. "(Luke 16:19) The two 
witnesses are clothed in sackcloth. (Rev. 11:3) James 2:2,3 
tells of the contrast of the raiment of the rich and the 
poor, and how the manner in which one is dressed might 
determine their social standing. Genesis 3&:14 speaks of 
"garments of widowhood." Esther 8:15 3 of "Royal apparel." 
Jeremiah 43:12, "Shepherd's garments." Zech.l3:4, "Rough 
garments to deceive." II Kings 25:9> "Prison garments." 
Neh. 7:32, "Priest's garment." Isa. 63:1, "Dyed garments." 
Matt. 7:15, " Sheep *s clothing" Matt, 22:11, "Wedding r- 
garment," Luke 24:4, "Shining garments." Jesus had a 
garment that was "without seam, woven from the top through- 
out," (John 19:23) The angel that appeared to John on 
Patmos was clothed with a "garment down to the foot." 
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All of these Scriptures, and many others, show that 
from the most ancient times the manner of clothing worn 
by individuals was an indication of their occupation, 
social position, pursuits or attitudes. This usage and 
principle does not change, and is as true now as in an* 
cient times. Everyone will try to dress consistent with 
what they think their position in life and society de« 
raands. 

No one expects to see a- man in the field doing farm 
work dressed like a banker. Nor a cook in the kitchen 
dressed like a society matron. Nor a minister in the 
pulpit dressed like a cowboy. A worshiper in the assem- 
bly of the saints would not be expected to be dressed 1 
like a clown. Other examples could be mentioned, but 
these are sufficient to demonstrate that our clothes are 
a sign of our attitudes or position. 

Thus we come to the main emphasis of our subject; 
What ARE we? What do we wish to express? Ourselves or 
Christ? Our own individuality or the fellowship and 
unity of the BODY OF CHRIST? The adornment and glorifi- 
cation of this corruptible body of sin — with all its in- 
born appeal to the lusts of the flesh? or the adornment 
of the "new creature" within; The "hidden man of the 
heart?" 

It should be remembered that CLOTHING is still closely 
and deeply related to the SIN question, the same as it 
was in Eden. But people are trying to ignore this fact, 
and in our time, many are going almost or entirely with- 
out clothes; but their sin remains, and their shame is 
not covered. 

We freely recognize and urge that the whole concept 
of the Christian religion is based on the proposition 
of changing the hearts of men and women. The law de- 
manded obedience under penalty for disobedience, but men 
could obey the outward demands of the law and still not 
have a heart for God. This is why Heb. V:9 says of the 
offerings made under the law, that it could not make him 
that did the service " perfect ^ as pertaining to the con- 
science." This is the reason for the statement in the 
beginning of this article that clothing and other out- 
ward appearance should not be the first consideration 



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6f an individual coming to Christ. 

However, once the mind is transformed and the heart 
changed and given to Christ, then it is consistent, and 
there can be great advantage in the Christian signifying 
to those about him, by his mariner of dress, that he has 
changed his allegiance and service from that of an earthly 
and worldly society to the fellowship of saints in Christ, 
which is the church . 

If there were no visible body of Christ, then this 
argument would be without meaning. But when we truly 
understand our relationship to Christ and one another, 
and the vast superiority of its heavenly nature over 
that of the world and its interests, then who would not 
want to signify their change of fellowhip and affections? 
Why should a Christian want to appear in the form and 
fashiotn of the social and political system that crucified 
their Lord? 

Romans 12:2 says, "...and be not conformed to this 
world." Another modern translation of this says, "Do not 
conform to the fashion of this world." The Apostle Paul 
(I Tim. 2:9) and Peter (I Peter 3:1) enjoin Christian 
women to dress modestly and not adorn their todies with 
expensive and lavish clothing and fashionable hair styles 
or by wearing of jewelry, all of which is inspired by 
pride and vanity, and promotes lust and bodily appeal. 
But thev are told to let their adorning be the inward 
character which is of highest value to God — and is even 
so to men who know and appreciate true values. 

The traditional "order" of the Brethren Church is in- 
tended to meet these Scriptural requirements for Christian 
apparel, and, if observed in its true spirit, will do so. 

This "order" is now more commonly called "the uniform;" 
but it is not fully a uniform, as it has, and always has 
had, considerable variation in the different parts of the 
brotherhood and with various individuals. 

Many persons of middle age and older can remember when 
the terms "the order" and "plain clothes" were used al- 
most entirely, instead of the now comparativley new term 
"uniform. M This change of emphasis from "plain clothes" 
to "uniform" may not be the most Scriptural, as it is 



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possible thereby to wear the "uniform" but in various 
ways, by buying costly materials and fashionable weaves: 
and colors, and fitting them to display and adorn the 
body. This violates the very spirit of the apostolic 
instructions regarding Christian apparel, and thereby 
brings disrespect and reproach upon an "order" which had 
reasonable and Biblical grounds for its adoption. 

The people of the world are not opposed to the wearing 
of uniforms, nor is the idea and its purpose strange to 
them. There may be more wearing of uniforms now than at 
any other time in history. The armed forces of the 
nation has its various uniforms for its various branches. 
There are police and railroad men's uniforms; boy scout, 
and choir and band uniforms, Some lodges have colorful 
and lavish uniforms. There are also other religious 
uniforms such as the Salvation Army and Roman Catholic 
church orders. 

Also many commercial firas require their employees to 
wear a uniform. The purpose of all this is clear: It 
is a SIGN to all who see it that they belong to a com- 
pany, fellowship, or partnership with others in what they 
believe to be a worthy cause or enterprise, and shows 
who holds priority over their services. 

So it is with our "order" or "uniform." It is 9 intended 
as a sign that we are not alone in our service, but be- 
long to a body or fellowship which we understand and pro- 
fess to be the Body or Church of Christ — a most worthy 
cause indeed. And at the same time we signify a SEPARA- 
TION from the sinful and corrupt world system and its 
practices. It is also a sign that we consider ourselves 
a part of an historical church which embraced these 
high Christian principles and sacrificed and suffered for 
them. 

But as stated before, this "non-conformity" can not 
have any value for its own sake. In Itself it is wholly 
negative. And without the positive attribute of TRANS- 
FORMATION and CONFORMITY to Christ it would be without 
virtue. Here is where there is danger in the thinking 
of anyone who may look upon outward forms, only, as a 
true witness of Christian diseipleship* Non-conformity 
must be a result of being joined to the boa;v of Christ — 



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even as in the marriage state. 

In conclusion, therefore, we believe that the Brethren's 
order of clothes, in its true meaning and purpose cannot 
be worn as a " sacrifice" or unwillingly. But it is a rad- 
ical step in the affirmative to signify to all who see us 
that a definite decision has been made to sever our rela- 
tionship with the world and service to its vanities and 
goals, and to conform to Christ and service in His church. 
It cannot be the proof, but is definitely a SIGN that we 
are Christians. 

Let us therefore be ever mindful of that which we sig- 
nify and endeavor always to be true disciples of Jesus. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 
This article in tract form available fVom The Pilgrim . 

MEDITATIONS 
GOD'S WILL 

Jesus' prayer (Luke 22:42) "Father, if thou be will- 
ing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, 
but thine, be done. 11 So we are made to understand the 
Lord leads us through many changing scenes in life to 
prepare us for His kingdom. We need not doubt He will 
save us, if we yeild our wills to His. One example is 
Job, when he yeilded his will to the Lord, he was healed, 
"For he will not lay on man more than is right; that he 
should enter into judgment with God. 11 

DOUBTING THOMAS 

We may at times wonder that Thomas doubted that Jesus 
was alive. But when we read the account given by Luke, 
we read all the Apostles needed the same evidence when 
Jesus appeared to them. And how about us, with all the 
written Word, don't we find ourselves much the same when 
our faith is tried by some event. Jesus said if we have 
faith and doubt not, nothing is impossible. 



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FELLOWSHIP 

I John 1:7: "But if we walk in the light, as he is 
in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and 
the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all 
sin." Gal* 6:2: M Bear ye one another's burdens, and 
so fulfill the law of Christ ." So we need to communi- 
cate our problems to one another and confess our faults* 
We find in Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he told 
them in trying to settle their divisions, "Let all your 
things be done with charity." Again he writes to the 
Galatians to help restore one another, and to work with 
the spirit of meekness* So if all is done in these at- 
titudes, much good should be done. 



— Ernest Wagner 



BAPTISM 

Again we, the members of the Wakarusa Congregation 

rejoiced that souls are still responding to the call 

of the Master. Andrew Cable received Christian baptism 

upon confession of his faith in Christ on October 18. 

May he be true to Jesus and enjoy the blessings of 

salvation forever. 

— Melvin Coning 



MARRIAGE 

COVER — BEERY Jesse Cover and Rachel Beery were married 
October 6 near Nappanee, Indiana. 

New Adress: 19290 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, CA 95379 
(209) 586- 1396 



ADDRESS CHANGE 

Darin Crawmer P.O.Box 375 

Miwuk, CA 95346 



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jjfetortcal 



This short historical selection shows some words of ad- 
vice and wisdom from father to son and some special wishes 
about the adjustments of the times. — L.C. 

1865 The spring of this year saw the close of the 
great civil strife between the North and the South. El- 
der Benjamin P« Moomaw, of Va. writing to his son at West 
Liberty, Ohio, who had but recently "adopted the holy re- 
ligion of the Lord Jesus Christ ," said: 

•"The storm is over, and we are now enjoying a 
blessed calm. 1 hope you will make it your constant 
care and study to adorn the profession you have made. 
It is one thing to be a member of the church, and 
to be a consistent Christian is another. Christians, 
as I understand the matter, are pilgrims and stran- 
gers in the world, belonging to another kingdom, 
not of this world. Since God in His kind Providence 
has brought to an end this cruel and unholy war, I 
hope that all will lay aside sectional differences 
and return more ardently to the love and service of 
God who reouires our whole affection and unmixed 
devotion — that love and fraternal union of the whole 
body will be our constant aim, and that everything 
calculated to mar our affection, or to alienate the 
church may be studiously avoided." 

— From Chronicles of ...th e „ Bre thren 
By J.M.Kimmel 



COMMUNION MEETING NOTICE 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Cali- 
fornia , have agreed to hold our Fall Love feast Meeting, 
the Lord willing, at Salida on December 1 and 2, We 
sincerely invite and welcome all our dear brethren and 
sisters and friends to come and be with us at this time 
of communion and spiritual revival. May God richly 
bless this coining meeting and all who attend. 

—Jos' b L. Cover 



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YOUTH PAGE 
SPIRITUAL GROWTH 

Must we all be alike and fit a certain mold to serve 
Christ acceptably? Are we all the same in growth and 
maturity? 

Jftr feeling is that the body of Christ and also our 
own individual spiritual lives don*t grow in the same 
way as our physical bodies do. For the most part, all 
the parts of our physical bodies grow at pretty much 
the same rate (relatively). We don't suddenly have our 
nose shoot out, and then stop for a time while our arms 
lengthen, and then our feet grow, etc. 

But our spiritual bodies do seem to grow that way. 
We will make great strides in one area, only to turn a- 
round and discover that another part of us is still in 
infancy. And the things that grow quickest are differ- 
ent from person to person. Therefore, if you measured 
everyone according to the standard of monetary giving, 
some of us would be giants, and others midgets. Bit 
then if you measured us all by the standard of patience, 
the giants might become the midgets and vice versa. 
When I am tempted to try to decide whether I or. anyone 
else is one of God's greats, I have to think of David. 
He was M a man after God's own heart 11 — a living example 
of mercy (in his attitude toward Saul), love for the 
Lord, and intimacy with Him. And yet he was an adulterer 
and murderer! And still God forgave him and used him 
greatly throughout history, and the Christ is even de- 
scended from him! 

So yes, God can use you, and me, and anyone else who's 
willing. No matter what our weaknesses are, He can re- 
ceive glory through us. 

— Armalee Taylor 

Tuolumne, California 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
ONLY THROUGH JESUS 

This is the time of year we hear a lot about 
Thanksgiving. It would be interesting to hear what 
each of you would be most thankful for. Some of the 
things might be good mommies and daddies, warm 
homes, enough to eat, happy times with our friends, 
close church families where we share with each oth- 
er, and religious freedom where we are protected 
from the evil that is in this cold world. These are 
all very good, but the real reason to be thankful 
is because we have Jesus. If Jesus would not have 
died on the cross for us all, there would be no 
"good mommies and daddies"; they wouldn't know how 
to be good to their children. "Warm homes." Every 
member of the family would be selfish and only 
think of themselves: the children would be cold. 
"Enough to eat." Again selfishness would control 
us: everyone would satisfy himself, and the child- 
ren would go hungry. "Happy times with your 
friends." Without Jesus, who could be happy? You 
would have no friends. Mommy and Daddy would be 
constantly fighting. Children learn by example; 
therefore, you would only think of the things you 
want. "Close church family." Without Jesus, what 
is church? "Religious freedom." Wickedness would 
be in every home; everyone would live only for him- 
self. 

We should all be very thankful that Jesus had 
pity on us poor souls. Jesus said that except we 
become as little children we cannot enter Heaven. I 
am glad our King puts children first in His kingdom. 

—Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 37 DECEMBER, 1990 NO, 12 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." iPeter2-.it 



HE CAME TO US 

And did He leave His home so far 
Just that He may be near us; 

Pass many a bright and shining star 
To come down here to cheer us? 

And did He choose the humble way, 
This Prince of light and glory, 

To bring the light of heaven's day 
Found in the sacred story? 

And did He take the poor man's place, 
Left riches beyond counting, 

That we might find in richest grace 
All sin and death surmounting? 

And did He bring from heaven's store 

Riches beyond comparing; 
Gave to the blind, the sick, the poor 

In heaven's bounty sharing? 

And did He bring from God on high 

Atonement, life, and pardon 
That we have hope and need not die 

But walk in heaven's garden? 

He brought these gifts of love and grace 

Upon the death cross giving; 
Left to the grave an empty place; 

He lives that we be living. 

I. Cover, 1968 



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"I CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN'* 

The news papers were full of It. A toddler had fallen 
into an old well and was apparently lodged where the deep 
well angled to the side. The tiny girl could be heard 
making sounds about a hundred feet down* The parents 
were frantic. Rescue crews couldn't decide how to pro- 
ceed. Should a shaft be dug alongside? If so* could 
it be done in time? The hole was deep, and the child 
could slide further down if the utmost care were not 
used. The well was large enough that a small person 
could be lowered. Hit could he do anything in such a 
cramped Dosition? Several small men, racing jockeys, 
offered to be lowered head first to possibly grasp the 
child and pull her to safety. (I believe this child 
was rescued. The incident I describe was in the 50 ! s. 
It happened again about two years ago, and the child 
was rescued by digging a shaft alongside. A rescuer de- 
scended and tunneled across to pull the girl to safety.) 

In such a perilous predicament lies the human race 
and the individuals of that race. We have fallen and 
are lodged in such a way that a further fall is possible 
if a rescue is not made* We are down the well. 

Jesus came down. We simply cannot appreciate fully 
what this means. We are given hints in God's Word that 
there was no other rescue method that would work save the 
one that Jesus used. ("0 my Father, if it be possible, 
let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, 
bit as thou wilt. 11 "0 my Father, if this cup may not 
pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.") 
Undoubtedly, we are unaware of all the dangers and poss- 
ibilities of harm or failure if He had varied from the 
only workable plan of salvation. 

It involved His coming as a helpless infant. Why 
could He not have ridden down from Heaven on a powerful 
horse with a flaming sword (as He will some day) to take 
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one thing, if He had, He would also have bypassed you 
and me and the thousands of other sons and daughters He 
intended to "bring to glory* 11 

It may be similar to the way you plan to help and re- 
ward your infant children. The children have no idea, no 
understanding, of what is involved in your plan. But you 
put it into effect and make it work* And the children 
reap the benefit. 

Yes, this divine rescue meant the birth of the Saviour 
into lowly circumstances— to us, hasi&rdous circumstances. 
For Jesus, this lowly birth itself was not a glorious ad- 
vent — not the time of celebration the world makes so much 
over— but an indescribable humbling of the eternal Son 
of God to do such a thing. Only from our perspective in 
view of what He did and what it meant to mankind can it 
be termed glorious and beautiful. To Jesus it meant a 
stooping and lowering beyond our understanding. The hymn- 
writer says; 

Out of the ivory palaces 
Into a world of woe, 
Only His great eternal love 
Made my Saviour go. 

Jesus prayed that the Father would glorify Him "..with 
the glory I had with thee before the world was." Johnl?:5 
What a condescension for this glorious one to be born of 
a woman and to live among men and to be subject to Mary 
and Joseph in His childhood I But how thankful we should 
be that He was willing and able to do it. 

To the child deep in the well, there was fear, injury, 
darkness, poor air, no food, pain, and despair. What 
joy to hear rescuers coming, to feel strong hands pulling 
to safety. 

Perhaps our condition doesn't seem like this to us. 
Our merciful Blather had provided much for our comfort and 
happiness here. But when we see our true condition, we 
realise how hopeless it is without Jesus. 

Jesus said, "For I came down from heaven, not to do 
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(John 6r_38) What a joy to know* this I What comfort to 
know that it is God's will to save us I How good to feel 
His strong hands lifting us up from the miry clay and 
planting us on the solid rock. 

If you have not experienced personally this deliver- 
ance, you may* In John 6:38 He says, "All that the 
Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh 
to me I will in no wise cast out," 

Is this cause for celebration? Certainly, if we have 
been rescued from death. Mo doubt the rescued child was 
reminded of it every year and even more often. Should 
those be celebrating who do not know the Lord? Probably 
not, but possibly through attention to the heavenly birth, 
some might be turned to a consideration of the truth. 

Our next article warns of the idolatry surrounding 
this season. May we shun idolatry and the emptiness of 
the world >s celebrations. Only God*s people have cause 
to rejoice at the birth of Jesus, and then as the writer 
points out, it should be constantly and not at just one 
time of year. — -L.C. 



THE PROPHET POREOELLS HIS BIRTH ISAIAH 9:6-? 

To us a child of hope is born, 

To us a Son is given; 

Him shall the tribes of earth obey — 

Him all the hosts of heaven. 

His name shall be the Prince of Peace, 

For ever more adored — 

The Wonderful, the Counsellor, 

The great and mighty Lord. 

His power, increasing, still shall spread; 
His reign no end shall know; 
Justice shall guard His throne above, 
And peace abound below. 

— Montgomery 

from Spiritual Hymns 



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XMAS 

Let us project our imagination to the place my wife 
and I call home. The time is the evening of December 24. 
The world calls it " Christmas Eve 11 . There are no unusual 
lights inside or outside to indicate any special occa- 
sion. There is no lighted tree — no holly or mistletoe — 
no cedar or pine branches lying around — no wreaths on the 
door or in the windows — no gifts around a tree or a man- 
ger scene — no candles on the table or in the windows — no 
wine or strong drink. There is no Santa Claus in the 3 
yard, or the porch, or anywhere around, and no so-called 
manger scene at the road. There are no stockings hang- 
ing from a mantle, no so-called ll Christmas music*' on the 
console — no radio or television blaring about "Old St, 
Nick" or "Ye Merry Gentlemen" or"Oh Tannenbaum" , In 
short, none of the traditional trappings of the season. 
We did not buy or send one Xmas card. We didn't even go 
to the mall to watch Santa arrive from the North Pole by 
helicopter, nor did we have a special service to "keep 
Christ in Christmas." How drab and dull and out of step, 
some might say. Well, at least we are not weary (and 
broke) from a wild shopping spree among a mad rush of 
shoppers and we have the inner peace of being free from 
the bondage of a worldly custom. 

(The above adapted frpm a tract.) 

We have again come to the time of year when the world 
makes a great ado over a day they call "Christmas" which 
they claim to observe in honor of the birth of Jesus 
Christ. The Holy Bible is the Christian's Handbook. 
What does it say about observing a day in honor of the 
birth of Christ? Nothing! Therefore this must be a 
human invention. The Bible does mention two birthday 
parties. The first was in honor of the heathen monarch 
of Egypt in Joseph's time. The other was in honor of the 
cruel and wicked tetrarch of Galilee, Herod Antipas, in 
the time of John the Baptist. Though separated in time 
by over seventeen centuries, the two events have some 
interesting parallels. In both cases God's men were 
languishing in prison, and both were the hapless victims 
of an adulterous woman's revenge. Surely an offensive 



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example to God's people. 

This is not to say that it is improper to note the 
anniversary of one's birth in a proper way. Without 
birth there would be no life, and we might profitably re- 
flect upon this great gift with gratitude for the mercies 
granted us. It might also be a good time to consider that 
we are but passing mortals and that, the Bible says the day 
of death is better than the day of one's birth. (Eccl. 7:1) 

In Galatians four, the apostle expresses alarm that, 
though the Galatians had known God through his ministry, 
they were reverting to the observance of days. What would 
he say if he were to visit many modern groups in December? 

Nearly every year we hear of some well-meaning Christ- 
ians who object to the use of "Xmas" and voice concern 
that "we get Christ back into Christmas. 11 I submit that 
Christ was never in Christmas. The very word, a combina- 
tion of Christ and mass, is unscriptural and immediately 
reveals its link to the Roman papacy* The encyclopedia 
says the word was first used in the eleventh century to 
identify the day the Roman church adopted in the fourth 
century as the birthday of Jesus ♦ A respected student 
of early church history says the early Christians did 
commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ but not 
His birth until some time after the "conversion" of Con- 
stantine. I think "Xmas" would be a better word for this 
day because many know not what they worship. 

Why is the actual date of Christ's birth unknown? 
History records the statistics of notable people. I sug- 
gest that Divine Wisdom deliberately hid this knowledge 
so there would be no valid basis to idolize the day. 
There may well have been other reasons also. 

I believe the birth of Jesus Christ was of the utmost 
significance to all wise men who seek the truth and was 
undoubtedly the greatest event that had ever occurred, 
so it was entirely proper for the wise men and shepherds 
to worship Him and present gifts. But this was a one 
time event f and He did not remain a babe but grew to 
maturity and taught a doctrine of repentance, self de- 
nial, obedience, and cross bearing. Of these we hear 
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is annually relegated to the manger where He made no de- 
mands on the hearts of men* 

I am persuaded that "Christ-mass" is pagan in origin 
and idolatrous in nature. If you question this, consult 
any encyclopedia, and you will find that a heathen festi- 
val was observed at or near the winter solstice (Dec. 22) 
for centuries before Christ. In the fourth century A.D., 
after the wicked emperor Gonstantine had declared that 
Christianity which had been illegal should now be granted 
the same privileges as any other religion in the Roman 
empire , the Roman church appointed December 25 as the day 
to commemorate the birth of Christ. Thus the old pagan 
celebration was "Christianised.' 1 The unconverted heathen 
could now be members of the church and could continue to 
observe their heathen custom. Surely this was an unholy 
alliance. 

One of the most prominent symbols of the season is the 
green tree. There are at least ten references in the Old 
Testament to "green trees" as either places of, or sym- 
bols of, or objects of worship. Always God and His pro- 
phets condemn this practice in strong terms. In Deu. 12 
these places were to be destroyed and turned. I Kings 
14:22-23 describes this as evil. II Kings 16 and II 
Chronicles 26 both record that King Ahaz walked accord- 
ing to the abominations of the heathen and sacrificed 
and burnt incense under every green tree. II Chronicles 
26 adds that therefore "Clod delivered him into the hand 
of the king of Syria." In II Kings 1? the green tree is 
associated with burning incense like the heathen, with 
wicked things, with idols, with Baal worship, with div- 
ination, and more. The Lord was angry with His people 
for these things. 

In Isaiah 57:5 we find the expression, "Enflaming 
yourselves with idols under every green tree" along with 
other heathen rituals. In Jeremiah 2:20 God«s people 
are said to "play the harlot" by wandering under every 
green tree. Again in 3:6 this is called backsliding. 
Ezekiel 6:13, in describing God's judgement on Israel, 
says their slain men shall be among their idols and 







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their green trees. 

Jeremiah 10:1-5 describes the vain custom of the people 
in cutting a tree out of the forest, decking it with sil- 
ver and gold, and fastening it with nails so it would re- 
main upright. Sounds like a "Christmas tree" doesn't it? 
I believe if Jeremiah were to appear in America in Decem- 
ber, he would immediately recognise the decorated trees 
for what they really are, surviving symbols of an ancient 
pagan culture which the Bible identifies with Baal worship. 

There is nothing evil about green trees, God made 
them, and they are beautiful in their place and are surely 
intended to be enjoyed. However, it is quite another • 
thing to make them an object of religious veneration. 

Then there is the Santa Glaus thing. The najne is a U.S. 
corruption of Saint Nicholas and, like Christinas, suggests 
its link to the Roman papacy. This imaginary character, 
it is alleged, dwells at the North Pole, travels about in 
a sleigh drawn by reindeer, (although I am told that in 
recent years he had arrived at shopping malls by helicop- 
ter) and during the night before Christmas visits every 
home in the world where there are children, and slides 
down the chimney with his bag of toys and candy. (How 
does he keep his nice red and white costume and whiskers 
from becoming coated with soot?) How sad to see parents 
teach their innocent children this foolish heathen myth 
and connect this with the birth of the Son of God! 

Another prominent symbol of the season is the manger 
scene. Typically there is a straw-strewn stable with a 
star mounted overhead. There are images of donkeys, 
camels, sheep, wise men, Joseph, Mary, and perhaps some 
angels. Of course at the center of all this is a manger 
containing a cloth-swaddled doll to represent the baby 
Jesus. Little girls need dolls, but for mature adults 
to revere images is a violation of the second of the ten 
commandments. 

Another feature of the season is the wearisome and ex- 
pensive custom of gift exchanging. Millions are spent by 
many who can not afford it for trifles and decorative 
wrappings which are neither needed nor truly appreciated 
by the recipiant, and soon tons of junk become a disposal 



PILGRIM INDEX —1990 

ARTICLES 

A True Happening -Mildred Skiles Feb 
Beautitudes of Couples Sel.. By Everett Oyler Apr 

Be Not Weary In Well Doing -Linda Frick Jun 

Brotherhood -L.C. Feb 

Christian Witness In Attire -Daniel Wolf Nov 

Commitment -James Beery Nov 

Families -Elva Royer Sep 

Follow Me -Ron Cable Mar 

Holiness and Pessimism Sel. by Ruth Flora Jan 

How Faithful Are We Sel . by Everett Oyler Jan 
How To Solve Disagreements From Pulpit Helps Mar 

I Came Down From Heaven -L.C. Dec 

In Control -L.C. Jul 

Looking To Our Maker -L.C. Oct 

Look Up -L.C. Jan 

Love One Another -Linda Blocher Jan 

Nonswearing Sel. from The Old Brethren Jan 

Parables Of The Talents -Joseph Wagner Feb 

Peaceful Pentecost -L.C. May 

Prisons -R.Martin Jul 

Only Believe? -John Wray Jan 

Our New Copier -L.C. Aug 

Receiving The Kingdom Of God -James Cover Oct 

Resurrection -L.C. Nov 

Safety In The Fold -Meredith Cable Aug 

The Father Who Hates His Son -W.M. Arnot Jun 

The Loss Of Holiness -James Hite Oct 

The Holy Spirit's Mission -Kenneth Martin May 

Thoughts On Thankfulness -L.C. Nov 

To The Rescue -L.C. Jun 

True Beauty -L.C. Mar 

Watch -Norman Cable Jan 
What Can Forgiveness Accomplish -Gary Hundley Apr 

What Is Man? -L.C. Sep 

Who? -yera Overholt May 

Xmas -Harold Royer Dec 



BAPTISMS 

Bart & Ann; 1 V: Taylor May 5 
Andrew Cable Oct 18 



POEMS 

A Blessing -Linda Blocher Oct 

All In The Blood Sel. by Martha Wagner Jan 
A Little Word Colesworthy Sel. by Bertie Baker Mar 

Be Strong -Maltbie Babcock Oct 

Blessed Unity -L.C. Feb 

Breathe On Me Breath Of God -Edwin Hatch Jun 

Fear Not I Am With Thee -Miriam Beery Aug 

Glorious Freedom -Hal dor Lillenas Oct 

Heaven Now Seems Nearer -Elizabeth Royer Jul 

Here Am I -Miriam J Sauder Jul 

Holy Spirit Come -Mrs, C.H. Morris May 

How Calm And Beautiful The Morn Apr 

I Just had to Tell Someone -Linda Frick Sep 
It Will Be Worth It All Sel by Susan Coning Feb 

Jesus Calls Us -Miriam Beery Jul 
Lord And Savior, True And Kind -Handley Monk Feb 

Loving Kindness -Samuel Medley Mar 

More Like Thee We Like To Say -James Beery Nov 
My Hand In God's -F Kellog Sel. by Susan Coning Aug 

My Lord, My God -L.C. Apr 

MY Mother -Catherine Garber Sep 
Never Be Sad -Fanny Crosby Sel. by Susan Coning Apr 

New Year From Spiritual Hymns Jan 

Nursing Home Reflections -Donald Kline Aug 

Our Loss, His Gain -0.L. Cover Jul 

Our Prayer -Miriam J. Sauder Feb 

Patient Continuance -James Beery Mar 

Peace Jan 

Pentecostal Peace And Power -L.C. May 

Praise The Savior -Thomas Kelly Sep 

Rest Not; Life Is Sweeping -W.C. Bryant Feb 

Rolled Away -Lorie Gooding Mar 

Suffering -James Hite Sep 

Thanksgiving -James Hite Nov 

Thank You, Lord -Lorie Gooding Nov 

The Grace Of Christian Love Jun 

The Promise -John Sauder Feb 

The Prophet Forte! Is -Montgomery Dec 

The Rose Sel. by Nancy Oyler Sep 

Things That Count Jun 

True Freedom -James Beery Apr 

To All Parents Sel. by Nancy Oyler Sep 



We Praise Thee God Our Redeemer -J Cory Nov 

We Shall Not Mind Sel .Aaron/Elizabeth Skiles Oct 

When We Shall Reach the More Excellent Glory Aug 

Where To Look Jan 

Your Field Of Labor Sel.by Everett Oyler Oct 



FOR YOUTH 

Prisms -Sarah Cover Jan 

Psalm 19 Meditations -Denita Huffman Feb 

The Strength Of Youth -Everett Oyler Mar 

The Lord's Omniscience -Wanda Hilty Apr 

The Refiner's Fire Anon. May 

The Worth Of Souls -Eddie Wagner Jun 

Lasting Happiness -Miriam Beery Jul 

The Call -Martha Wagner Aug 

Hark. 1 The Voice of Jesus Calling -Ron Cable Sep 

Boyfriend Girlfriend -Paul Landis Oct 

Spiritual Growth -Annalee Taylor Nov 

The Beauty Of Holiness -Wanda Hilty Dec 



HISTORICALS 
Chronicles Of The Brethren -Kirranel Feb/Aug/Nov 
History And Doctrines/ Church Of The Brethren Mar 
Our First Boole Some BTethren Pathfinders Ap r/M^y 
Church & State The Christian Example J. Horsch Jun 
From The Vindicato r Death of J.I. Cover Jul 
On Slavery The Brethren In Colonial America Sep 
Birth Of Jesui Nead 1 s Theological Works Dec 

BIRTHS 
Lydia Lou Beery 
Bethanna Rose Taylor 
Matthew Ryan Cover 
Ross El don Martin 
Jena Michelle Crawmer 
Reuben Ezra Cover 
Matthias Lynn Royer 



MARRIAGES 
Darin Crawmer & Danette Skiles 
Daniel Mohler & Lois Shirk 
Jonathan Martin & Lisa Royer 
Jesse Cover & Rachel Beery 



Feb 


2 




Mar 


1 




Apr 


1 




May 


21 




Aug 


8 




Dec 


2 




Dec 


7 
May 




es 


26 




Jun 


9 




Jun 


10 




Oct 


6 



MEDITATIONS by Ernest Wagner 

Pride Of Life Instruction Professing or Possessing 
The Lord's Work The Church The Body Of Christ Jan 
The Love Of The Truth Meeknes Accept or Reject 

Our Cup Feb 
God's Pleasure Belief Learning the Excellent Way 

Competition Mar 
Invisible Power Little Children Fervent Charity 

Positive or Negative Apr 
Tears Are We willing to Hear May 

Blessing By Affliction Difficult Decisions 
Weightier Matters Reproduction Grace: Unmerited 
Favor God's Challenge Jun 

Life Women's Place An Ear To Hear Jul 

Our Thoughts Our Ways Aug 

The Lord's Help The First Thing The Greatest 

The Everlasting Word Sep 
Human Greed Do We Really Believe Grace Unmerited 
Favor Looking Ahead, Not Back Oct 

God's will Doubting Thomas Fellowship Nov 
Rain Withheld A Convenient Season Chastisement or 
Correction Reunion Covetousness Dec 



CHILDREN'S PAGE by Everett Oyler 

We Get Out What We Put In Jan 

Rooted In Good Soil Feb 

Spring Pruning Mar 

He Is Risen Apr 

Lifted Up May 

No More Tears Jun 

Looks And Actions Jul 

Is It You? Aug 

Climbing Trees Sep 

What A Friend Oct 

Only Through Jesus Nov 

Not A Baby Dec 

OBITUARIES Brovont 

John Sauder Jan 22 Lavaun OM^ Apr 9 

Mary Jamison Apr 23 Aaron Beery Jul 8 
Iva Brumbaugh Jul 20 



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problem. "But it's the sentiment that counts," they* say. 
The prevailing sentiment is, "if you don't give me some- 
thing I won't give you anything next year," and so the 
cycle continues. The Lord's people give for the benefit 
of others and expect nothing in return. 

These festivities are supposed to somehow honor and 
reverence our Lord Jesus Christ. Do they? Are they 
taught in God's Word? Did the prophets and apostles in- 
troduce them? Does the Holy Spirit direct these activ- 
ities? By what authority are they associated with 
Christian faith and the birth of Jesus? 

A scholar writes , "Many customs of pagan origin have 
become part of Christmas. Most of these no longer have 
a heathen connotation but have acquired a Christian mean- 
ing e " Quite a statement 1 Can men sanctify pagan customs 
by associating them with the birth of Christ? Why would 
they even attempt to do this? 

It has been said the tree points upward and reminds 
us of God and His goodness. The evergreen qualities of 
the tree and holly remind us of immortality. The many 
lights remind us of Jesus, the Light of the World. There 
is a suggestion of piety in this, but God said, "Learn 
not the way of the heathen; their customs are vain! De- 
stroy and burn the pagan symbols lest you become contam- 
inated with them! Flee from idolatry!" 

Shall we then ignore the birth of Jesus Christ? Cer- 
tainly not! The prophets foretold it; the gospel writers 
recorded it; and it is right for the church to recognize 
it's significance. But is there any reason whatsoever 
to associate and share this great event with the pagan 
festivities of an apostate church and a Christ-denying 
world? Why should the enemies of God decide when and how 
His people should recognize the birth of His Son? 

I believe this whole affair is a stratagem (and quite 
sucessful) of the enemy to divert men's minds from the 
real purpose of the first Advent of Jesus Christ which 
was to change men's hearts, to turn them from darkness 
to light, and from the power of Satan unto God that they 
might be saved. 

Perhaps I should mention that the conclusions ex- 



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pressed in this writing have not been imposed upon me by 
a code of denominational tenets nor by the persuasion of 
church leaders., and I was not so taught in my youth. 

The writer does not expect this essay to have a notice- 
able impact on his contemporaries. He does expect to be 
labeled oueer or reactionary or radical, but if some 
honest soul should be encouraged to re-evaluate his re^ 
sponse to this pagan holiday, he will be content. 

"Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." 
(I John 5:21) 

— Harold Royer 
Goshen , Indiana 



MEDITATIONS 

RAIN WITHHELD 

We read of rain being withheld a number of times — 
Joseph in Egypt, Elijah, Amos's time — to bring the peo- 
ple to repentance from sin. I believe we have to admit 
there is very much sin in the world today, and it is only 
reasonable to think God might withhold the rain for cor- 
rection, to try to cause repentance. 

A CONVENIENT SEASON 

Acts 24:25: "...Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy 
way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will 
call for thee." Matthew 13:22: M He also that received 
seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and 
the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, 
choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful." So we see 
how easy it is to think we are too busy, and we will wait 
till a convenient time. We should answer when the thought 
comes to us. 

CHASTISEMENT OR CORRECTION 

When we study God's Word, we find that when He chose 
the Jews for His nation, He chastised the nation to cor- 



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rect their sins. But when Jesus came to call out people 
to serve Him, He called and chose each individual person, 
to prepare them for His Heavenly Kingdom. Hebrews 12:6: 
"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth 
every son whom he receiveth." Verse 11: "Now no chas- 
tening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grieve 
ous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable 
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised 
thereby, " 

REUNION 

When considering any such move, I believe Paul's 
first letter to the Corinthians gives a good explanation 
of what is needed. Paul tells them they need to quit 
following their own personal choices and recognize Christ 
as the Head of the church. When we study the epistle, 
we find it covers many differect problems of church af- 
fairs. Paul finally stuns them up in the thirteenth chap- 
ter, how each member should govern himself. 

COVETOUSNESS 

I Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money, is the root 
of all evil..." Today a large portion of the news re- 
ports are money matters, and it is the cause of most 
all strife and confusion, local and international. In 
Jeremiah 6, we read that covetousness caused the down- 
fall of the Children of Israel. Are the Gentile nations 
going to fall the same way? It seems so. Exodus 20:1?: 
"Thou shalt not covet... anything that is thy neighbor's." 
Romans 7:?: "...For I had not known lust, except the 
law had said, Thou shalt not covet." So we see covetous- 
ness is one of the great sins of the carnal nature. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



The growing Christian is like a head of wheat: 
the riper he grows y the lower he bends his head. 



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HISTORICAL 
THE CONCEPTION AND BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST 

The Evangelist St. Luke, is very particular in giving 
us a history of the conception and birth of Emanuel, God 
with us. He tells us, that the angel Gabriel was com- 
misioned by the Almighty, to inform the virgin Mary that 
she would be the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. The 
dazzling appearance of the angel, as well as the message 
he delivered, was so strange and came so unexpectedly, 
that the mind of this holy woman became troubled, upon 
which the angel charged her not to fear. "Fear not, 
Mary, for behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and 
bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus; he 
shall be great, and shall be called the son of the high- 
est, and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of 
his father David, and he shall reign over the house of 
Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.** 
Mary took courage and asked the angel for more Informa- 
tion concerning this strange and wonderful news. "Then 
said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I 
know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto 
her; The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power 
of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore, that 
holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called 
the Son of God." Mary believed in the word delivered by 
the angel, or she would not have conceived, and said, 
(l Behold the handmaid of the Lord—be it unto me according 
unto thy word." (See Luke 1:26-39) 

As respects the body of Jesus Christ, it is generally 
acknowledged that He had a human body, a body like unto 
the children of men; but whether He derived His body, 
that is, took flesh and blood, from the Virgin Mary is 
a disputed point by some. However, it is plainly re- 
vealed, that the body of Christ was conceived in the womb 
of the Virgin Mary, Luke .1:31; and that He took flesh and 
blood, Hebrew 2:14. The apostle does not say whether He 
did or did not derive His body from Mary. It may be, 
that the apostle was not so inquisitive as we are, to 



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pry into such matters, the knowledge of which would have 
no influence upon our soul*s salvation; and, lastly, 
that He proceeded from the Virgin Mary; "Therefore, 
also, that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall 
be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35. Let this know- 
ledge suffice for us, as it respects from whence Christ 
derived His body* When the full time was come that the 
Messiah should make His appearance in the world, Mary 
and Joseph were in Bethlehem, in compliance with a decree 
which had been ordered by Caesar Augustus. Bethlehem, 
being crowded with people, it was with difficulty that 
lodging could be procured. Joseph and Mary, being poor, 
had to take up their abode in a stable, and that was the 
place where our King Emanuel first made His appearance. 
0, how different from the proceedings of the human fam- 
ily! Men of honor and opulence take great pains in ren- 
dering their natural situation as comfortable as poss- 
ible. But not so with the Son of God— He was pleased to 
be born of a poor, unnoticed virgin; in a manger His in- 
fant body is seen; He denies Himself of many of the com- 
forts of life* It cannot be expected from men in low 
circumstances of life, to have all the necessaries of 
life, or those temporal blessings which nature may crave; 
they have not the means to obtain them; therefore, their 
situation is not wondered at* But when we see a wealthy 
man denying himself of the blessings which make nature 
comfortable, we say the man must be beside himself, or 
he is a very singular character* Now it was so with 
Jesus Christ. He could have had all that human nature 
could crave or enjoy; — yes, He could have come with all 
that pomp and splendor which is so much admired by the 
great and honorable of this world. But this would have 
been contrary to His holy nature, and would not have 
answered the purpose for which He cajne into the world* 
The apostle tells us that "He was rich, but for our sakes 
he became poor; that we through his poverty might become 
rich. 11 II Cor. 8:9 . 

— from Nead's Theological Works 



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HAVE FAITH 



Have faith that God will help you through 

All troubles that you know . 

You really need faith, yes you do, 

For God has said it so. 

Have faith that someome will be saved 
And rescued from the storm. 
I pray to God with heart of faith 
That I may stay from harm. 

Have faith that God will welcome you 
into His home above. 
Have faith that it is really true; 
God sent His Son with love. 

Have faith that God will help you pass 
The awful tempter's snare 9 
That He will lead you down the path 
Where faith flows bright and fair. 

— Linda Bloc her 

BIRTHS 

COVER - A son, Reuben Ezra, born December 2 to Ben and 
Jolene Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

ROYER - A son, Matthias Lynn, born December 7 to Tom and 
Rebecca Royer of Goshen, Indiana. 



When there is love there must be faith; 

And where there is faith there is peace indeed; 

Where there is peace there must be God; 

And where there is God there is no need. 

— Selected by Nancy Oyler 



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FDR YOUTH 
THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS 

This phrase appears different times throughout the 
Scriptures. But what is holiness? It certainly must be 
something worth possessing since Jesus said, M Be ye holy, 
even as I am holy." The word holiness means "the act of 
belonging to or being devoted to God; morally perfect; 
divine; sacred; pious; religious. 11 Holiness is living a 
life fully devoted to Christ. It is doing as He would 
do, because He is our perfect Example. Holiness might 
also be the time we spend in studying His Word and think- 
ing about Him. 

True holiness can only be attained after the old man 
is pat off. Even if we devote all but one little selfish 
act, we are not possessing that true holiness. 

Take time to be holy; Speak oft with thy Lord; 

Abide in Him always, And feed on His word. 

Make friends of God's children; Help those who are weak; 

Forgetting in nothing, His blessing to seek. 

Take time to be holy. The world rushes on. 
Spend much time in secret With Jesus alone. 
By looking to Jesus, Like Him thou shalt be; 
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. 

Take time to be holy* Let Him be thy Guide. 
And run not before Him, Whatever betide; 
In joy or in sorrow, Still follow thy Lord, 
And looking to Jesus, Still trust in His Word. 

Take time to be holy, Be calm in thy soul; 
Each thought and each motive Beneath His control; 
Thus led by His Spirit, To fountains of Love, 
Thou soon shalt be fitted For service above. 

— W. D. Longstaff 

— Wanda Hilty 

New Madison, Ohio 






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NOT A BABY 

At this time of year we see scenes of a baby 
i n a manger to remi nd us of the bi rth of Jesus . 
Many people today think of Jesus as a baby. We 
shoul dall be thankful our parents taught us that 
Jesus is in Heaven, not as a baby, but our King. 
Are you willing to share with others that new toy 
you just received, and be glad you can share? When 
you are having a fun time with your friends, and 
your mother needs you to help, can you go and not 
complain? All these and many more ways we need to 
be willing to help. 

At twelve years old Jesus didn't start home 
with His parents. After they had started home they 
realized He wasn't with them. When they found Him, 
He willingly went home with them. When you want to 
do something very badly, and your parents say no, 
don't complain. Remember how Jesus at a young age, 
willingly laid aside His desires and was obedient 
to His parents. 

There was no room for baby Jesus, so Mary and 
Joseph laid Him in a manger. Today many people 
still have Jesus in a manger, because there is no 
room for Him in their hearts. 

If we are friends to Jesus, He will go with us 
and protect us each day of our lives. We will 
always have a friend. 

— Everett Oyler 

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